perse

adjective \ ˈpərs \

Definition of perse

:of a dark grayish blue resembling indigo

Origin and Etymology of perse

Middle English pers, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin persus

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per se

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

Definition of per se

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

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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


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per se

adjective

Definition of per se

:being such inherently, clearly, or as a matter of law
  • a per se conflict of interest

First Known Use of per se

circa 1655


Perse

biographical name

Definition of Perse

St. John — see Aléxis Saint-Léger léger

PERSE Defined for English Language Learners

per se

adverb

Definition of per se for English Language Learners

  • : by, of, or in itself


Law Dictionary

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per se

adverb \ pər-ˈsā, ˌper-; pər-ˈsē \

legal Definition of per se

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 :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

: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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