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Eventure, Eventour, n. Also: eventur, eventoure, evin-, ewintour. [Var. (app. only Sc.) of Aventure n.]

1. Adventure, chance, risk. (In various contexts: cf. Aventure n. 1, 2.)Instances of these forms in texts of an earlier date than 1530 (e.g. Alex. i. 228, etc.) are evidently not original, but alterations of aventure by the later scribes or printers.(a) 1544 Reg. Privy S. III. 115/2.
David Ballendyne … throw gret eventuris of his gudis be weir … is fallyn in gret dettis
a1568 Bann. MS. 224 a/5.
Gif that … My souerane lady lest to dedene To rew vpoun my wofull eventure
a1578 Pitsc. I. 361/6.
Thai … marwellit mekill of the king of Scottlandis comming throw the sie takand sic eventur
a 1600 Warrender P. II. 432.
He cawsit certayne horse men to be still reddie at all eventuris of disobedience round about thair wicked men
a1651 Calderwood VIII. 268.
[They] obteaned licence for Jesuits to come in Scotland … if they will stand to their eventure in the furie popular
(b) 1535 Dunferm. Reg. Ct. I. 31.
To chuis ane ourman & dispayr persone in eventour of discord
1566 Inverness B. Rec. I. 144.
To send the samyn [leather] vpon his awin ewintour wyth ony merchant he pleissis elect
1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 316.
That thai … direct commissionaris … to consult and deliberat vpoun sic eventouris
a1578 Pitsc. I. 187/14.
Thairfor he gaif the evintour and lap fre the boorde
1612 Bisset II. 256/31.
Thai moist ȝeild to the schip, quhere they tuik it fra, and sett it at the eventoure of God

2. In prepositional phrases. Cf. Aventure n. 2 c, d. 1547 Corr. M. Lorraine 178.
Bot in eventure he be put at without ane caus; I wald have the samyn in reddynes
a1586 Maitland Ho. Seytoun p. xii.
In eventure that it be spokin … to thair sclander and schame
Id. Maitl. Q. xvii. 1.
Gif trowbill cummis be eventour … Then patientlie thow it induire
Ib. xxvii. 5.
As plaigis cum be eventuire [Fol. aventure]
1600 Misc. Bann. C. I. 171.
I of eventour met be the way yisterday … ane young man
a1651 Calderwood II. 520.
In eventure the king depart off this life

b. Ellipt. as adv.: Perhaps. 1575 Wemyss Corr. 74.
To enter deidle feid betux tua nobill hous[is] that, eventour, wald nocht be reconsallit agane

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