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per se

See also: perse and Perse

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin per se (by itself), from per (by, through) and se (itself, himself, herself, themselves).

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per se (not comparable)

  1. By itself; without consideration of extraneous factors.
    The law makes drunk driving illegal per se.
  2. (chiefly in negative polarity environments) As such; as one would expect from the name.
    Well, that's not correct per se, but the situation is something like that.
  3. (law) As a matter of law.

Usage notesEdit

  • Because this is originally a Latin phrase, it is sometimes italicized when it is written.

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin per se (by itself), from per (by, through) and se (itself, himself, herself, themselves).

PronunciationEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (obsolete since spelling reform of 1995) persé

AdverbEdit

per se

  1. necessarily, absolutely, without fail
  2. (rare) per se

Usage notesEdit

The ‘necessity’ meaning is the usual one; the original Latin meaning as in English is rarely used and can be misunderstood.

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per

  1. per se
  2. by itself
  3. through itself