May be

are used as equivalent to possibly, perhaps, maybe, by chance, peradventure. See 1st Maybe.

See also: May

References in classic literature ?
I know they will remember all I said to them, that they will be loving children to you, will do their duty faithfully, fight their bosom enemies bravely, and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them I may be fonder and prouder than ever of my little women." Everybody sniffed when they came to that part.
An artifact may be classified as a pseudo-arrhythmia or a nonarrhythmia.
An intriguing new study suggests that fruit and vegetable intakes, especially during adolescence, may be important for healthy bones.
"A potato may be a complex carbohydrate, but your body treats it like sugar."
In a view that I have developed elsewhere, thinking cannot be insulated from the event that is invoked under the name of God, which means that thinking is always a certain proto- or primal faith, whatever may be our particular or concrete beliefs, be they confessional or even secular.
Another reason for stress in inpatient settings may be the lack of formal training in dealing with issues such as managing conflicts within teams and managing stress effectively.
Greece may be the birthplace of democracy, but a Marxist Greek professor was prohibited from entering our own democracy earlier this year.
Second, the effects of infectious diseases on the fetus may be unknown and difficult to predict, and diagnosis of infection in the fetus or infant can be challenging.
(8) So in fact, a tympanic membrane defect may be the result of CSOM or infection with certain pathogens rather than an inciting event.
Showing shiny new trucks and cars rolling through cornfields may be great advertising, but it's important the messages include proper cautions.
(40,49) Patients receiving HAART may be at increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) or coronary heart disease compared with the general population or with HIV-positive patients not receiving HAART.