[ pur sey, see, per ]
/ pɜr ˈseɪ, ˈsi, pər /
by, of, for, or in itself; intrinsically: This candidate is not a pacifist per se, but he is in favor of peaceful solutions when practicable.
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- per pro,
- per pro.,
- per procurationem,
- per rectum,
- per say,
- per stirpes,
- per tubam,
- per vias naturales,
Origin of per se
1565–75; < Latin per sē by itself, translation of Greek kath’ autó
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/ (ˈpɜː ˈseɪ) /
by or in itself; intrinsically
Word Origin for per se
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Latin, literally "by itself;" translating Greek kath auto (Aristotle).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper