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A.Word.A.Day--peradventure

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This week's theme: archaic words.

peradventure (pur-ad-VEN-chur) adverb

Maybe; possibly.

noun

Uncertainty; doubt.

[From Middle English per aventure, via French, from Latin per- (through) + adventurus, future participle of advenire (to arrive).]

See more usage examples of peradventure in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"[Philip Coyle, former director of operational test and evaluation at Pentagon] reckons America's chances of shooting down an enemy missile next year, if peradventure it needed to, are 'practically zero'." Warding Off Missiles; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 6, 2003.

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