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Definitions for perchance
pərˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑnsper·chance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perchance, by chanceadverb

    through chance, "To sleep, perchance to dream.."

  2. possibly, perchance, perhaps, maybe, mayhap, peradventureadverb

    by chance

    "perhaps she will call tomorrow"; "we may possibly run into them at the concert"; "it may peradventure be thought that there never was such a time"


  1. perchanceadverb

    perhaps; by chance

  2. Etymology: Calque of par cheance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perchanceadverb

    Perhaps; peradventure.

    Etymology: per and chance.

    How long within this wood intend you stay? ——
    —— Perchance till after Theseus’ wedding day. William Shakespeare.

    Finding him by nature little studious, she chuse rather to endue him with ornaments of youth; as dancing and fencing, not without aim then perchance at a courtier’s life. Henry Wotton.

    Only Smithfield ballad perchance to embalm the memory of the other. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. perchance

    Perchance is an adverb that is often used in literary contexts to mean "by some chance" or "possibly." It expresses the possibility or slight uncertainty of something happening.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perchanceadverb

    by chance; perhaps; peradventure

  2. Etymology: [F. par by (L. per) + chance. See Par, and Chance.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perchance

    per-chans′, adv. by chance: perhaps.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perchance in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perchance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of perchance in a Sentence

  1. I. F. Stone:

    The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

  2. John Donne:

    Perchance, he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him...

  3. Randolph:

    If with a stranger thou discourse, first learn, By strictest observation, to discern If he be wiser than thyself, if so, Be dumb, and rather choose by him to know; But if thyself perchance the wiser be, Then do thou speak, that he may learn by thee.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    To die, to sleep --To sleep, perchance to dream, ay there's the rub,For in that sleep of death what dreams may comeWhen we have shuffled off this mortal coil,Must give us pause there's the respectThat makes calamity of so long life.

  5. Sir Walter Raleigh:

    Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    A foreordained
    B unsealed
    C butch
    D ectomorphic

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