- maybe; possibly: Perhaps the package will arrive today.
Origin of perhaps
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Examples from the Web for perhaps
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Perhaps, as Dwight Garner wrote, Steinberg just needed an idea for a book.Was ‘The Book of Mormon’ a Great American Novel?
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Perhaps it always seems that way at the time, but surely we face our fair share right now.In 2015, Let’s Try for More Compassion
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In the course of this process he fell into adventures, some of them, perhaps, unedifying.
Perhaps you already know that Anaxagoras fell asleep in Ionia.Philothea
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Here, perhaps, may be found the symbolic clue to the strife's cause.
Perhaps my father might have put that in a bottle also at a later date.Brave and Bold
Would he annoy her, enrage her perhaps, or even worse, tire her?
- possibly; maybe
- (as sentence modifier)he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps; perhaps you'll see him tomorrow
- it may happen, be so, etc; maybe
C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap 1
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Word Origin and History for perhaps
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