haply

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hap +‎ -ly

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haply

  1. (archaic) by accident or luck
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      But as soon as her son espied her, bowl in hand, he thought that haply something untoward had befallen her, but he would not ask of aught until such time as she had set down the bowl, when she acquainted him with that which had occurred []
  2. (archaic) perhaps
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      "O my lord the Sultan," said the other [the Wazir], "verily women be weakly of wits, and haply this goodwife cometh hither to complain before thee against her goodman or some of her people."

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