per·chance | \ pər-ˈchan(t)s \

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Examples of perchance in a Sentence

“To sleep: perchance to dream…” —Shakespeare, Hamlet perchance he is playing the devil's advocate, and the opinions he has expressed are not actually his own

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Its members liked to call themselves kleagles, goblins and other names of darkling potency, to meet in solemn 'konklaves,' burn a fiery cross upon a distant hill and, perchance, frighten a Negro child outnumbered 100 to 1. The Washington Post,, "An Alabama-born preacher helped revive the KKK in 1915," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of perchance

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perchance

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

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English Language Learners Definition of perchance

: maybe but not definitely


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