peradventure [pur-uh d-ven-cher, per-] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for peradventure on noun

  1. chance, doubt, or uncertainty.
  2. surmise.


  1. Archaic. it may be; maybe; possibly; perhaps.

Origin of peradventure 1250–1300; Middle English per aventure Old French. See per, adventure Related Words for peradventure perhaps, probably, likely, conceivably, hit, risk, advantage, odds, break, future, lot, outcome, maybe, perchance, peradventure, fortuity, occurrence, coincidence, casualty, misfortune Examples from the Web for peradventure Historical Examples of peradventure

  • Peradventure they be gentlemen of repute, and might hit back.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The danger is past, and they are safe beyond the possibility of a peradventure.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 16, 1870


  • “Peradventure the prisoner can explain how he came by the document,” said Justice Hide.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • And would the men, peradventure, be wearing the livery of the House of Santafior?

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The peradventure of that Cassy got before he could utter it.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • British Dictionary definitions for peradventure peradventure adverb

    1. by chance; perhaps


    1. chance, uncertainty, or doubt

    Word Origin for peradventure C13: from Old French par aventure by chance Word Origin and History for peradventure adv.

    1620s, from Middle English peraventure (mid-15c.), from per auenture (late 13c.), from Old French par aventure (see adventure). Refashioned as though from Latin.

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