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perchance

[per-chans, -chahns] /pərˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns/
adverb
1.
Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
2.
Archaic. by chance.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, variant of par chance by chance < Anglo-French. See per, chance
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British Dictionary definitions for per chance

perchance

/pəˈtʃɑːns/
adverb (archaic or poetic)
1.
perhaps; possibly
2.
by chance; accidentally
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance
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Word Origin and History for per chance

perchance

adv.

mid-14c., parchaunce, from Old French par cheance, literally "by chance." With Latin per substituted c.1400 for French cognate par.

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