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perchance

[ per-chans, -chahns ]
/ pərˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns /
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adverb

Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
Archaic. by chance.

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Origin of perchance

1300–50; Middle English, variant of par chance by chance <Anglo-French. See per, chance
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British Dictionary definitions for perchance

perchance
/ (pəˈtʃɑːns) /

adverb archaic, or poetic

perhaps; possibly
by chance; accidentally

Word Origin for perchance

C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance
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