Definition of peradventure in English:



humorous, archaic
  • Perhaps.

    ‘peradventure I'm not as wealthy as he is’
    • ‘The story begins with Balak, king of the Moabites, entreating Balaam to ‘curse me this people for he is too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite him, and that I may drive him out of the land ’.’
    • ‘For they who find great fault say it is too much, whereas peradventure Truth would say after all, it is not yet enough.’
    • ‘And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find grass to save the Horses and Mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.’
    • ‘And Balak said unto Balaam, Come, I pray thee, I will bring thee unto another place; peradventure it will please God that thou mayest curse me them from thence.’
    perhaps, maybe, it could be, it may be, it is possible, it is conceivable, for all one knows, feasibly, very likely
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mass nounhumorous, archaic
  • Uncertainty or doubt as to whether something is the case.

    ‘that shows beyond peradventure the strength of the economy’
    • ‘I have come to congratulate you that there has been a force behind you that will beyond any peradventure be triumphant and for which you can afford a little while to wait.’
    • ‘One matter which seems to me to be clear beyond a peradventure is that the Act was designed to favour tenants by protecting them from any increase of rent which would otherwise have been caused by demand exceeding supply.’
    • ‘Wherever it goes, we know, beyond peradventure, that more will be needed by the time it is built.’
    • ‘Unfortunately in my view there is no universal test which will be applicable to all circumstances which will indicate clearly and beyond peradventure as to when judicial review is or is not available.’
    • ‘All too often the most dyspeptic views of modern Scotland come from expatriate Scots who rarely choose to travel north of the Border, yet know beyond a peradventure that the country has gone disastrously downhill ever since they left.’


Middle English: from Old French per (or par) auenture ‘by chance’.