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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"

Wiktionary

  1. perchanceadverb

    perhaps; by chance

    Etymology: Calque of par cheance

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perchanceadverb

    by chance; perhaps; peradventure

    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. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

  3. 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.

  4. John Donne:

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

  5. 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.

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