Origin of per seClassical Latin
Per se is defined as by itself.
An example of per se is "It's not the attitude by itself that bothered me."
Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.
Origin of per seLatin per sē per per sē 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.