perhaps

Definitions

  • "PERHAPS IT WAS FORWARD OF ME."
    "PERHAPS IT WAS FORWARD OF ME."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv perhaps 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Perhaps By chance; peradventure; perchance; it may be. "And pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • perhaps It may be; possibly; peradventure; perchance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Perhaps per-haps′ it may be: possibly.
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Quotations

  • Samuel Beckett
    Samuel%20Beckett
    “To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.”
  • James Baldwin
    James%20Baldwin
    “We have all had the experience of finding that our reactions and perhaps even our deeds have denied beliefs we thought were ours.”
  • Sir Cecil Beaton
    Sir Cecil Beaton
    “Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore.”
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton
    “I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    Joseph%20Conrad
    “Perhaps life is just that... a dream and a fear.”
  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Per, + hap, chance

Usage

In literature:

Suppose she were to go to Littlebath in August, and stay there for a month, or perhaps two months, as she might feel inclined.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Perhaps Thomas had heard somebody speak of these treasures, and his greed had been excited.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Perhaps you do not believe me, and perhaps the reason is that you cannot understand?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The worst of it, perhaps, was this; that they never knew when to expect him.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
But others might think differently: perhaps Miss Baker might do so; or perhaps Miss Waddington.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
None of them have thought of intellectual mercy as being, perhaps, an integral part of Christian charity.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Or perhaps they're telling him now.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Perhaps too quickly, with too much relief?
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Perhaps they will know something.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Perhaps he has turned one.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

'I shall be sorrowing for you
On the wide weltering sea,
And you will perhaps have wandered here
To sit and think of me.'
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
And then perhaps unto her soul
This answer sweet was given,
"Like you we fade and perish here;
For you we'll bloom in heaven."
"Eve's Flowers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
How know I, if thou shouldst me raise,
That I should then raise thee?
Perhaps great places and thy praise
Do not so well agree.
"Submission" by George Herbert
"I love the Lord," is still the strain
This heart delights to sing:
But I reply--your thoughts are vain,
Perhaps 'tis no such thing.
"Love Increased" by William Cowper
Who fled in wrath to distant lands,
And sitting, thron'd upon a steep,
Made music to the mighty deep,
And thought, 'Perhaps it understands.'
"Ralph to Mary" by Amy Levy
True, true!--Perhaps it would be best
To be that star within the west;
Above the earth, within the skies,
Yet shining in your own blue eyes.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

I wonder if perhaps the quantity and quality of the responses to my blog posts might correlate to their length, so I'll keep this one short.
An extremely useful measure of the health of the labor market is, perhaps surprisingly, the number of voluntary quits.
Perhaps because no one else will do it, I want to offer a qualified defense of Sen David Vitter, the socially conservative Louisiana Republican who faces a bit of a problem.
Perhaps he'll return in March when his wife, Miranda Lambert, performs here.
In today's world, whether it is brokers, medical doctors, technicians or perhaps any person for example owning a part of property.
As manager of Market Broiler in Ontario, Zuniga and staff are perhaps most proficient at selection and preparation of fresh seafood.
Matt Emmons, a 2003 graduate of UAF and perhaps the finest rifle shooter in the program's history, claimed the third Olympic medal of his career on Monday, a bronze in the men's 50 Meter Three Position in London.
Political events unthinkable a few years ago are suddenly plausible … perhaps especially in our own 10th Congressional District.
His speech is rapid and subdued, perhaps racing to keep up with his mind.
Are you perhaps a bit of a fan of online games such as the Rocky Slots Game.
BUDA — For many former students of one-room schoolhouses, their school days are the stuff of distant memories and perhaps a faded photograph or two.
It was perhaps the most compelling reason for the US to go to war against Saddam Hussein -- namely that he was rebuilding his nuclear weapons program.
If Hollywood decided to remake Caddyshack, perhaps it could end with Ty Webb beating up Danny Noonan because he slept with Lacey Underall.
With summer behind us and the leaves still turning here in New England, perhaps it's a bit early to reflect on 2009.
But perhaps a more expensive line is on the way.
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In science:

Suppose V ′ is another variety of algebras than V, perhaps of a different type.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Perhaps the simplest procedure [8, 10] would be to just consider quantum fields inside some bounded region within a sphere of radius R and put boundary conditions on the fields at the boundary of the region.
Defining Entropy Bounds
One might expect a similar formula for other free massless fields, though perhaps each with a different value of γ .
Defining Entropy Bounds
There are several approaches to non-Riemannian gravity: perhaps one of the most popular is that which uses gauge field theories [22-25].
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity
T , ω ) has not been observed experimentally , suggesting that one should perhaps search for a more realistic distribution g (ln τ ).
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
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