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[per-chans, -chahns] /pərˈtʃæns, -ˈtʃɑns/

Literary. perhaps; maybe; possibly.
Archaic. by chance.
adverb (archaic or poetic)
perhaps; possibly
by chance; accidentally

mid-14c., parchaunce, from Old French par cheance, literally “by chance.” With Latin per substituted c.1400 for French cognate par.


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