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per se

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adverb \(ˌ)pər-ˈsā also per-ˈsā or (ˌ)pər-ˈsē\

Simple Definition of per se

  • : by, of, or in itself

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of per se

  1. :  by, of, or in itself or oneself or themselves :  as such :  intrinsically

Did You Know?

We generally use per se to distinguish between something in its narrow sense and some larger thing that it represents. Thus, you may have no objection to educational testing per se, but rather to the way testing is done. An opposition party may attack a president's policy not because they dislike the policy per se but because they want to weaken the president. And when New York's police chief decided to crack down on small crimes, it wasn't the small crimes per se that were his target, but instead the larger crimes which he believed would be reduced because of this new approach.

Origin and Etymology of per se

Latin


First Known Use: 1572


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per se

adjective

Definition of per se

  1. :  being such inherently, clearly, or as a matter of law <a per se conflict of interest>



Circa 1655

First Known Use of per se

circa 1655


Law Dictionary

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per se

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adverb \pər-ˈsā, ˌper-; pər-ˈsē\

Legal Definition of per se

  1. 1 :  inherently, strictly, or by operation of statute, constitutional provision or doctrine, or case law <the transaction was illegal per se> — see also negligence per se at negligence, nuisance per se at nuisance

  2. 2 :  without proof of special damages or reference to extrinsic circumstances <defamatory statements that were actionable per se> — compare per quod



Origin and Etymology of per se

Latin, by, of, or in itself


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per se

adjective

Legal Definition of per se

  1. :  being such inherently, clearly, or by operation of statute, constitutional provision or doctrine, or case law <it is clear that licensing of adult entertainment establishments is not a per se violation of the First Amendment — Club Southern Burlesque, Inc. v. City of Carrollton, 457 S.E.2d 816 (1995)> <a per se conflict of interest>





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