One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
By some chance; perhaps.‘I may percase use less diligence to serve and gain more quietness next’
maybe, for all i know, for all you know, it could be, it could be that, it may be, it may be that, it is possible, it is possible that, possibly, conceivably, feasiblyView synonyms
- ‘They woulde percase say the same of Scotland but that their conscience told them contrary.’
- ‘Need or occasion hast thou aught, percase, wherein thou wouldst employ me?’
- ‘There were some things requisite in the manner of the levy for the better strengthening of the same, which percase could not be done without parliament.’
- ‘He laughed exceedingly, diverse times clapping his hands on his thighs for joy: percase to shadow out the delight, that both himself, and sinners take in their sins.’
- ‘I read your grace's great letters, and would have laid them up without further answer, were it not that, percase, my so doing might be mistaken.’
Late Middle English: from Old French par cas ‘by chance’.
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