per se

[ pur sey, see, per ]
/ pɜr ˈseɪ, ˈsi, pər /

adverb

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.

Nearby words

  1. per pro,
  2. per pro.,
  3. per procurationem,
  4. per rectum,
  5. per say,
  6. per stirpes,
  7. per tubam,
  8. per vias naturales,
  9. per-,
  10. per.

Origin of per se

1565–75; < Latin per sē by itself, translation of Greek kath’ autó

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British Dictionary definitions for per se

per se

/ (ˈpɜː ˈseɪ) /

adverb

by or in itself; intrinsically

Word Origin for per se

Latin

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Word Origin and History for per se

per se

Latin, literally "by itself;" translating Greek kath auto (Aristotle).

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