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haply

[hap-lee] /ˈhæp li/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
perhaps; by chance.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English hapliche. See hap1, -ly
Can be confused
hapless, haply, happily.
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  • haply to-day a mournful wail, haply a trumpet-note for heroes.
  • Deaf to argument, haply they might be stunned into sobriety.
  • haply this keg shall, prove a life-pre-server in case of capsize.
British Dictionary definitions for haply

haply

/ˈhæplɪ/
adverb
1.
(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps
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Word Origin and History for haply
adv.

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

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