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peradventure

adverb per·ad·ven·ture \ ˈpər-əd-ˌven-chər , ˈper- ; ˌpər-əd-ˈven- , ˌper- \

Definition of peradventure

archaic

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Origin and Etymology of peradventure

Middle English par aventure, from Anglo-French, by chance


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peradventure

noun

Definition of peradventure

1 : doubt
  • a fact established beyond peradventure
2 : chance 4a
  • beyond peradventure of doubt

Did You Know?

When Middle English speakers borrowed "par aventure" from Anglo-French (in which language it means, literally, "by chance"), it was as an adverb meaning "perhaps" or "possibly." Before long, the word was anglicized to "peradventure," and turned into a noun as well. The adverb is now archaic, though Washington Irving and other writers were still using it in the 19th century ("If peradventure some straggling merchant ... should stop at his door with his cart load of tin ware...." - "A History of New York"). The noun senses we use today tend to show up in the phrase "beyond peradventure" in contexts relating to proving or demonstrating something. The "chance" sense is usually used in the phrase "beyond peradventure of doubt."

First Known Use of peradventure

15th century


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