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(Par-,) Peraventur(e, -our, adv. Also: -aventowr, -ier, -awenture. [ME. and e.m.E. per-auenture (c 1290), par (1297), OF. par or per aventure. Cf. Paradventure, Paranter, Parventure.In early use, sometimes written as two words.]

a. By chance or accident; ? by fate. b. (If, lest, etc.) it should happen (that); maybe; perchance. c. Perhaps; not improbably.Common in hypothetical or contingent statements, and in conditional or concessional clauses.(1) 1396 Sc. N. & Q. 2 Ser. I. 96.
The qwylk ayris faylyȝeand peraventour … the said landys againe cummand to the forsayd Erle
1456 Hay II. 147/28.
That man … suld … peraventure rus him tharof
a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 104 (Ch.).
Perauenture all cummis for the best
Id. III. 91/43. a1500 Bernardus 331.
1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1756. Id. Æn. v. iv. 137.(2) 1400 Facs. Nat. MSS. II. 44.
Syn … that I clayme to be of kyn till yhow and it peraventour nocht knawen on yhour parte
c1400 Troy-bk. i. 150.
Per awenture
a1538 Abell 31 a.
Gif tha punis ony it is comunlie the pure bodie for ane scheip and perauenture in extreme neid [etc.]
1551 Hamilton Cat. 161. 1596 Dalr. I. 25/25.
Gif thay sie ony fishe mair diligate … , the pray quhilke perauentur thay brocht far off [etc.]
(3) a1400 Leg. S. iii. 395.
The quhilk perauentur giff will thu I sall vndo thé
1515 Douglas Corr. 70.
Thocht peraventour … we mycht bring the Queyne thyddyr
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Mark xiii. 36.
Wake ye … Or perauenture … he find you sleping
1568 Cal. Sc. P. II. 503.
[Lest] the Quene … mycht peraventier desire [etc.]
1578 Conv. Burghs I. 63.
And geve peraventour it suld happin that [etc.]

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