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By chance or accident.


(sentence modifier) an archaic word for perhaps


(ˈhæp li)

perhaps; by chance.
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Adv.1.haply - by accident; "betrayed by a word haply overheard"
References in classic literature ?
Or haply art thou some far-towering pine, -- Some rare and wondrous flower?
We may long have left the golden road behind, but its memories are the dearest of our eternal possessions; and those who cherish them as such may haply find a pleasure in the pages of this book, whose people are pilgrims on the golden road of youth.
Thou whose injustice hath supplied the cause That makes me quit the weary life I loathe, As by this wounded bosom thou canst see How willingly thy victim I become, Let not my death, if haply worth a tear, Cloud the clear heaven that dwells in thy bright eyes; I would not have thee expiate in aught The crime of having made my heart thy prey; But rather let thy laughter gaily ring And prove my death to be thy festival.
Perhaps this explains why one may haply see a senile heresiologist, urceolate Nita, veer as a swallow amid celestial lives, mellific Ida, eleemosynary tramps and all of their etymological ilk in these palindroverses.
In "The Flitting," he notes, "I love the muse who sits her down / Upon the molehills little lap" (MP 3: 479-89, 177-78), and in the "Yellowhammers Nest" the molehill is "like as parnass hill / On which her partner haply sits & dreams" (MP 3:515-17, 19-20).
If he comes beneath our heel He shall be crush'd until he cannot feel, Or, being callous, haply till he can.
Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy.
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, [italics added] Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate; (29: 9-12)
Again, when some Corinthian exiles informed him that their city was ripe for surrender, and showed him the engines by which they were confident they would take the walls, he refused to make the assault, saying that Hellene cities ought not to be reduced to slavery, but brought back to a better mind, and added, "for if we lop off our offending members, haply we may deprive ourselves of the means to master the barbarian.
77) Then there will be no returning for him seeking to compensate for his past mistakes (Till, when death comes to one of them, he says, 'My Lord, return me; haply I shall do righteousness in that I forsook.
Besides, More finds his humor well suited to his state: "And one that is but a layman, as I am, it may be better haply become him merrily to tell his mind than seriously and solemnly to preach.