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4 definitions found
 for perhaps
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Perhaps \Per*haps"\ (p[~e]r*h[a^]ps"), adv. [Per + hap chance.]
     Posibly; by chance; peradventure; perchance; it may be.
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           And pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may
           be forgiven thee.                        --Acts viii.
                                                    22.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  May \May\ (m[=a]), v. [imp. Might (m[imac]t)] [AS. pres. maeg
     I am able, pret. meahte, mihte; akin to D. mogen, G.
     m["o]gen, OHG. mugan, magan, Icel. mega, Goth. magan, Russ.
     moche. [root]103. Cf. Dismay, Main strength, Might. The
     old imp. mought is obsolete, except as a provincial word.]
     An auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb, by
     expressing:
     (a) Ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener
         expressed by can.
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               How may a man, said he, with idle speech,
               Be won to spoil the castle of his health!
                                                    --Spenser.
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               For what he [the king] may do is of two kinds; what
               he may do as just, and what he may do as possible.
                                                    --Bacon.
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               For of all sad words of tongue or pen
               The saddest are these: "It might have been."
                                                    --Whittier.
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     (b) Liberty; permission; allowance.
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               Thou mayst be no longer steward.     --Luke xvi. 2.
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     (c) Contingency or liability; possibility or probability.
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               Though what he learns he speaks, and may advance
               Some general maxims, or be right by chance. --Pope.
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     (d) Modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a
         question or remark.
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               How old may Phillis be, you ask.     --Prior.
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     (e) Desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction,
         and the like. "May you live happily." --Dryden.
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     May be, & It may be, are used as equivalent to
        possibly, perhaps, maybe, by chance,
        peradventure. See 1st Maybe.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  perhaps
      adv 1: 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"
             [syn: possibly, perchance, perhaps, maybe,
             mayhap, peradventure]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "perhaps":
     blind guess, bold conjecture, conceivably, conjecture, feasibly,
     guess, haply, hunch, imaginably, it may be, maybe, perchance,
     possibly, rough guess, shot, speculation, stab, suppose,
     supposition, surmise, unverified supposition, wild guess
  
  

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