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per se

[pur sey, see, per]
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  1. 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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Origin of per se

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

alone, fundamentally, independently, singularly, solely, virtually, intrinsically

British Dictionary definitions for per se

per se

  1. by or in itself; intrinsically
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Word Origin for per se

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Word Origin and History for per se

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

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