peradventure Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun doubt or uncertainty as to whether something is the case
    • this proves beyond peradventure that he is innocent
  2. adverb by chance
    perchance; perhaps; maybe; possibly; mayhap.
    • 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


Per`ad*ven"ture adverb & conjunction
OE. per aventure, F. par aventure. See Per, and Adventure.
  1. By chance; perhaps; it may be; if; supposing. "If peradventure he speak against me." Shak.
    Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city. Gen. xviii. 24.
Per`ad*ven"ture noun
  1. Chance; hap; hence, doubt; question; as, proved beyond peradventure. South.

Webster 1913