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peradventure

[ pur-uhd-ven-cher, per- ]
/ ˌpɜr ədˈvɛn tʃər, ˌpɛr- /
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noun

chance, doubt, or uncertainty.

adverb

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

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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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