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

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Synonyms for perhaps

Synonyms: Adverb

conceivably, maybe, mayhap, perchance, possibly

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Examples of perhaps in a Sentence


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

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Given the possibilities of what could have happened had the series continued, perhaps that might be a blessing in disguise. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Dark Phoenix' Comic Nearly Broke a Marvel Writer," 7 June 2019 For those of you who want to continue following Rodney, perhaps for more sage travel tips, his dad created an Instagram account for him, which has already amassed more than 1,000 followers. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Adorable 4-Year-Old Gathers Plane Passenger Who Put Her 'Stinky Feet' On His Armrest," 7 June 2019 However, less known – but perhaps equally important – was Operation Bodyguard, the codename for the World War II deception plan that was intended to mislead the German high command as to when and where the invasion would take place. Fox News, "D-Day deception: How phantom armies and fake information helped win the Battle of Normandy," 6 June 2019 Our Hollywood war heroes, armed men who go bump in the night, grow facial hair so voluminous that perhaps their beards are what do the heavy bumping. Adrian Bonenberger, The New Republic, "The Sum of All Beards," 4 June 2019 But perhaps the most critical feature is that two of those three options—the ones involving using the GMO crop product in animal feed—provide a layer of abstraction between the GMO crop and human consumption. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Why haven’t genetically engineered crops made food better?," 4 June 2019 People who make their living in this world would believe that Witt is the Royals’ most talented and high-level draft pick this century, and perhaps ever. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 The Padres picked perhaps the fastest and most athletic player in the draft at six, prep shortstop C.J. Abrams, and the Reds followed with Nick Lodolo of Texas Christian, the first pitcher selected. Walter Villa Miami Herald Writer, miamiherald, "Former South Dade pitcher goes to Blue Jays at No. 11 in first round of MLB Draft," 4 June 2019 As far as deadly apocalypse scenarios go, perhaps the worst is a gigantic meteor impact. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Preparing for a Fake Asteroid Impact," 25 Apr. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of perhaps

: possibly but not certainly


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

Kids Definition of perhaps

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

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