perse

adjective (1)
\ˈpərs \

Definition of perse 

(Entry 1 of 4)

: of a dark grayish blue resembling indigo

per se

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

Definition of per se (Entry 2 of 4)

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

per se

adjective (2)

Definition of per se (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Perse

biographical name

Definition of Perse (Entry 4 of 4)

St. John — see Aléxis Saint-Léger léger

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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.

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That description isn’t inaccurate per se, at least for the current iteration of the travel ban. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Should Trump’s Bigotry Disqualify His Travel Ban?," 25 Apr. 2018 There may be not even be a conscious decision to join per se. Julie Chernov Hwang, Washington Post, "New research shows why terrorists quit terrorism," 12 July 2018 Most weeks, both chambers only hold votes from Tuesday to Thursday, so lack of time per se does not seem to be a constraint on either chamber. Gregory Koger, Vox, "The job of Congress: a primer," 17 Apr. 2018 Montana doesn't require any Medicaid recipients to work per se. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "'No timeline' for Medicaid work requirements, state says," 9 Apr. 2018 But developing a vaccine against all strains is not only vital to reduce the suffering from a pandemic per se. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the February 2018 Issue," 2 Mar. 2018 In this view, the problem isn’t the American public’s veneration of the armed services above all other institutions, or the gross misallocation of resources and preemptive wars that this abets — or even the concept of a military parade, per se. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Military Parade Would Not Be ‘Un-American’," 8 Feb. 2018 Trump was never selling populism per se but rather a faux-populism that masked a defense of aggrieved privilege, with the selling point being that Trump was the tough guy who could protect the social status quo his followers loved. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Faux-populism in Duluth.," 21 June 2018 Oh, and this isn’t a delay per se, but The Division 2 is also slated to release sometime in the next year. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets battle royale, Stalker 2 teased," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of perse

Adjective (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1574, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

circa 1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perse

Adjective (1)

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

Adverb

Latin

Adverb

Latin, by, of, or in itself

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per se

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of per se

: by, of, or in itself

per se

adverb
\pər-ˈsā, ˌper-; pər-ˈsē \

Legal Definition of per se 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

per se

adjective

Legal Definition of per se (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 AmendmentClub Southern Burlesque, Inc. v. City of Carrollton, 457 S.E.2d 816 (1995) a per se conflict of interest

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