maybe; possibly: Perhaps the package will arrive today.

1520–30; earlier perhappes, perhapis by haps. See per, hap1, -s1 Unabridged
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perhaps (pəˈhæps, (informal) præps)
1.  a.  possibly; maybe
 b.  (as sentence modifier): he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps; perhaps you'll see him tomorrow
sentence substitute
2.  it may happen, be so, etc; maybe
[C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap1]

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Word Origin & History

1528, formed from M.E. per, par "by, through" + plural of hap "chance" (see happen), on model of peradventure, perchance, etc. which now have been superseded by this word.
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Example sentences
The living room needs a new coat of paint, perhaps a fresh start for both of
These items have the potential to impress the committee and perhaps even set
  you apart from other candidates.
And perhaps now another box can be checked: the practice of bribing one's way
  onto the charts.
Perhaps the doctor did ask her permission, but she didn't say anything to her
  husband or family.
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