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[hap-lee] /ˈhæp li/
adverb, Archaic.
perhaps; by chance.
Origin of haply
1325-75; Middle English hapliche. See hap1, -ly
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haply
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  • I am a very green knight as yet, and haply my brother may grow weary of my company and cease to love me.

  • haply there was a body of demigods, as yet uninvoked, who should speedily settle all that.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Surely, there are armed men in this mighty Horse; or haply they have made it that they may look down upon our walls.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • And, if I haply had erred, to undo the wrong, and release you.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • She had lain down to die alone with God in the silence, that haply the living might escape; and on her face was peace.

  • I am going to alter to suit, and haply I may say some humorous things.

    Mark Twain's Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • If haply thou believest that thou art without companions in this, foolish is thy belief.

    La Fiammetta Giovanni Boccaccio
  • Deaf to argument, haply they might be stunned into sobriety.

  • The eager audience turned towards Angus, awaiting his reply, if haply reply could be provided.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • If thou keep faith, haply I 'll believe thou art not all blab.

    Long Will Florence Converse
British Dictionary definitions for haply


(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for haply

late 14c., hapliche, from hap + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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