[pur sey, see, per]
- 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.
Origin of per se
1565–75; < Latin per sē by itself, translation of Greek kath’ autó
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- by or in itself; intrinsically
Word Origin and History for per se
Latin, literally "by itself;" translating Greek kath auto (Aristotle).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper