peradventure

[ pur-uh d-ven-cher, per- ]
/ ˌpɜr ədˈvɛn tʃər, ˌpɛr- /

noun

chance, doubt, or uncertainty.

adverb

Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.

Nearby words

  1. per-,
  2. per.,
  3. pera,
  4. peracid,
  5. peracute,
  6. peraea,
  7. perahia,
  8. perak,
  9. perambulate,
  10. perambulation

Origin of peradventure

1250–1300; Middle English per aventure < Old French. See per, adventure

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British Dictionary definitions for peradventure

peradventure

/ (pərədˈvɛntʃə, ˌpɜːr-) archaic /

adverb

by chance; perhaps

noun

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

peradventure

adv.

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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