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mayhap (may-HAP, MAY-hap) adverb

Perhaps.

[From the phrase 'it may hap', from Middle English hap, from Old Norse happ (luck, chance).]

"Why it took 12 more days before the appeal was filed (waiting till the last minute), one may never know. Some last ditch attempts by the forces of darkness, mayhap?" Solita Collas-Monsod; Calling a Spade... Good News For a Change; BusinessWorld (Manila, Philippines); Oct 26, 2000.

"Are you doing what you should to help this economy roll along? Mayhap you are not fully aware of what you should be doing. Or why you should be happily about the task." Edwin Darby; Is it Your Duty to Buy, Buy, Buy?; Chicago Sun-Times; Sep 10, 1986.

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