per-chance

perchance

[per-chans, -chahns]
adverb
1.
Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
2.
Archaic. by chance.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English, variant of par chance by chance < Anglo-French. See per, chance

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perchance (pəˈtʃɑːns)
 
adv
1.  perhaps; possibly
2.  by chance; accidentally
 
[C14: from Anglo-French par chance; see per, chance]

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perchance
mid-14c., parchaunce, from O.Fr. par cheance, lit. "by chance." With L. per substituted c.1400 for Fr. cognate par.
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