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Middle English peraventure, from Old French par aventure. Spelling modified as though from Latin.


peradventure ‎(not comparable)

  1. (archaic) perchance or maybe; perhaps; supposing
    • 1554, John Knox, A Godly Letter of Warning or Admonition to the Faithfull in London, Newcastle, and Berwick:
      For be God the Propheit was commandit to stand in the entress of the Lordis house, and to speik to all the cieties of Juda that come to wirschip in the house of the Lord; and was commandit to keip no word aback, gif peradventure, sayeth the Lord, thay will herkin and turne everie man frome his wickit way.
    • Shakespeare
      If peradventure he speak against me.
    • Bible, Genesis xviii. 24
      Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city.


peradventure ‎(plural peradventures)

  1. chance, doubt or uncertainty
    Proved beyond peradventure. — South.