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perhaps

adverb per·haps \ pər-ˈhaps , ˈpraps \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of perhaps

: possibly but not certainly : maybe

Examples of perhaps in a Sentence

  1. perhaps we will not have to take this exam, but I doubt it

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Origin and Etymology of perhaps

per + hap


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perhaps

noun

Definition of perhaps

: something open to doubt or conjecture

First Known Use of perhaps

1534


PERHAPS Defined for English Language Learners

perhaps

adverb

Definition of perhaps for English Language Learners

  • : possibly but not certainly


PERHAPS Defined for Kids

perhaps

adverb per·haps \ pər-ˈhaps \

Definition of perhaps for Students

: possibly but not certainly : maybe
  • Perhaps we'll go.


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