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[per-haps] /pərˈhæps/
adverb
1.
maybe; possibly:
Perhaps the package will arrive today.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier perhappes, perhapis by haps. See per, hap1, -s1
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  • The living room needs a new coat of paint, perhaps a fresh start for both of you.
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  • perhaps the doctor did ask her permission, but she didn't say anything to her husband or family.
  • If you think you know one bigger in any species listed, you can nominate it, and perhaps unseat the reigning champ.
  • Some will argue that perhaps he never really understood why his films resonated with an entire generation so profoundly.
  • The library will look and operate differently, and perhaps provide a different kind of experience for students and faculty.
  • perhaps the ceaseless vigilance of the police has dramatically reduced the availability of drugs on the street.
  • perhaps farming them industrially is somewhat more efficient than say fish farming or cattle.
  • perhaps it's the growing interest in cheeses in general.
British Dictionary definitions for perhaps

perhaps

/pəˈhæps; informal præps/
adverb
1.
  1. possibly; maybe
  2. (as sentence modifier): he'll arrive tomorrow, perhaps, perhaps you'll see him tomorrow
sentence substitute
2.
it may happen, be so, etc; maybe
Word Origin
C16 perhappes, from per by + happes chance, hap1
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Word Origin and History for perhaps
adv.

1520s, formed from Middle English per, par "by, through" (see per-) + plural of hap "chance" (see happen), on model of peradventure, perchance, etc. which now have been superseded by this word. Perhappons "possibly, by chance" is recorded from late 15c.

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