Used to indicate uncertainty or possibility: We should maybe take a different route. Maybe it won't rain.
1. An uncertainty: There are so many maybes involved in playing the stock market.
2. An uncertain reply: It's better to receive a fast and honest no than a drawn-out maybe.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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