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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Perhapsadverb

    Peradventure; it may be.

    Etymology: per and hap.

    Perhaps the good old man that kiss’d his son,
    And left a blessing on his head,
    His arms about him spread,
    Hopes yet to see him ere his glass be run. Thomas Flatman.

    Somewhat excellent may be invented, perhaps more excellent than the first design, though Virgil must be still excepted, when that perhaps takes place. Dryden.

    His thoughts inspir’d his tongue,
    And all his soul receiv’d a real love.
    Perhaps new graces darted from her eyes,
    Perhaps soft pity charm’d his yielding soul,
    Perhaps her love, perhaps her kingdom charm’d him. Smith.


  1. perhaps

    Perhaps is an adverb that is used to express uncertainty or possibility; it indicates that something may happen or may be true but is not guaranteed or confirmed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perhapsadverb

    by chance; peradventure; perchance; it may be

  2. Etymology: [Per + hap chance.]


  1. Perhaps

    Perhaps is the fourth album released by the Scottish New Wave band, Associates. It is the first album without founding multi-instrumentalist Alan Rankine.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perhaps

    per-haps′, adv. it may be: possibly.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perhaps' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #258

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perhaps' in Written Corpus Frequency: #248

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'perhaps' in Adverbs Frequency: #40

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perhaps in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perhaps in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of perhaps in a Sentence

  1. Moh Siong Sim:

    U.S. interest rates are perhaps on the rise because of the fiscal stimulus and the fact that U.S. economy is holding up well, the weak dollar trend has also stalled, and the drift down in dollar/yen has been part of that trend and it has lost a bit of momentum.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I would like to recommend to the various agencies, including perhaps our attorney general, who is with us, to maybe take a look, it's a big statement when you say that Google is involved with China in not a very positive way for our country.

  3. Paris Match:

    Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.

  4. Peggy Knudsen:

    If the tracing is so much better with the Apple-Google tool, then perhaps we should switch and we would consider what we need to do to do the switch.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    I think there's been widespread opposition to the deal inside of Israel, it may be that it requires this to play itself out. He perhaps thinks he can further influence the congressional debate. And I'm confident we're going to be able to uphold this deal and implement it without Congress preventing that.

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    • A. blistering
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