Per se is defined as by itself.
An example of per se is "It's not the attitude by itself that bothered me."
by (or in) itself; intrinsically
Origin of per seClassical Latin
Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.
Origin of per seLatin per s&emacron; : per, per + s&emacron;, itself.
- Because this is originally a Latin phrase, it is sometimes italicized when it is written.
per se - Legal Definition
By or through itself. Standing alone; on its own merits; without need for reference to outside facts. The opposite of per quod.