Per-se meaning

pər sā, sē
Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.
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By (or in) itself; intrinsically.
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Per se is defined as by itself.

An example of per se is "It's not the attitude by itself that bothered me."

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By or through itself. Standing alone; on its own merits; without need for reference to outside facts. The opposite of per quod.
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By itself; without consideration of extraneous factors.

The law makes drunk driving illegal per se.

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(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.

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(law) As a matter of law.
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Origin of per-se

  • Latin per sē per per itself

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary