[pur-uh d-ven-cher, per-]
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  1. Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.

Origin of peradventure

1250–1300; Middle English per aventure < Old French. See per, adventure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. by chance; perhaps
  1. chance, uncertainty, or doubt

Word Origin for peradventure

C13: from Old French par aventure by chance
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Word Origin and History for peradventure

1620s, from Middle English peraventure (mid-15c.), from per auenture (late 13c.), from Old French par aventure (see adventure). Refashioned as though from Latin.

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