per·​haps | \ pər-ˈhaps How to pronounce perhaps (audio) , ˈpraps \

Definition of perhaps

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: possibly but not certainly : maybe



Definition of perhaps (Entry 2 of 2)

: something open to doubt or conjecture

Synonyms for perhaps

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of perhaps in a Sentence

Adverb perhaps we will not have to take this exam, but I doubt it
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Rose’s story perhaps offers the most direct connection between the various exhibits. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 18 June 2022 Flandro, who was working part-time at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., had been tasked with finding the most efficient way to send a space probe to Jupiter or perhaps even out to Saturn, Uranus or Neptune. Tim Folger, Scientific American, 18 June 2022 There remain big, unanswered—and perhaps now forever unknowable—questions even about the central Watergate break-in itself: Who ultimately ordered it? Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 17 June 2022 Plenty of others have their own, perhaps the craziest of which involves DJ Batman emceeing a Rolling Stones after-party. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 17 June 2022 Though there's plenty of action, perhaps the most gripping part of the film is seeing Phillips's calm, tactical efforts to outwit his captors. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 The rest of the car looks pretty great too, and perhaps less controversial. Christian De Looper, BGR, 17 June 2022 Much like waiting for, awaiting suggests anticipation—perhaps the return of something. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 It should perhaps be noted that Charles proved to be a somewhat less robotic conversationalist than some regular human interviewees. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of perhaps


circa 1520, in the meaning defined above


1534, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perhaps


per + hap

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The first known use of perhaps was circa 1520

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20 Jun 2022

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“Perhaps.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of perhaps

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

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