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Jun 13, 2007
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Archaic words

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stalworth
selcouth
peradventure
dehort
latchet

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peradventure

(pur-ad-VEN-chur) Pronunciation Sound Clip

adverb: Maybe; possibly.
noun: Uncertainty; doubt.

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

"[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.

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

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