perse

adjective (1)
\ ˈpərs How to pronounce perse (audio) \

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 How to pronounce per se (audio) \

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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Not the birds, per se, but their poop and thus an odor akin to rotting fish. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "City, military officials took wrong route to Elmendorf’s bird island," 8 June 2019 The implication of libel is different than libel per se, or libel that on its face exposes a plaintiff to public disgrace, The Post writes. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Court date set in Nick Sandmann's defamation case against Washington Post," 7 June 2019 Perhaps surprisingly, the oil sands don’t actually have any oil per se. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "This is the world's most destructive oil operation—and it's growing," 11 Apr. 2019 The venerable Notepad editor is also going to finally support Unix line endings, not because Microsoft is updating Notepad per se, but because the text editing control that Notepad is built around has been improved. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name," 17 Aug. 2018 In truth, the nativist turn in American politics has not been driven by the public’s concerns about border security, per se, but rather by widespread anxieties about rapid demographic change. Eric Leivtz, Daily Intelligencer, "For Democrats, Immigration Is a Political Problem Without a Policy Solution," 2 July 2018 The Harry Potter films aren’t Christmas movies per se, but between the Yule Ball, scenes of Hogsmead in the snow, and month-long marathons on TV every December, the beloved series has become undeniably linked with the holiday season. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 While this is not a kids' restaurant per se, the kitchen did a wonderful job accommodating a youngster with us on one visit, allowing for a half-portion of a scrumptious Bolognese dish. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Luca West owners bring exceptional Italian dining experience to second restaurant (review)," 15 Feb. 2018 Though Midge isn't modeled after Mabley per se, her importance in comedic history can't be ignored—both for breaking boundaries as an African American and out lesbian in the 1920s, and for her influence on later comedians. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 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

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per se

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of per se

formal : by, of, or in itself

per se

adverb
\ pər-ˈsā, ˌper-; pər-ˈsē How to pronounce per se (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for perse

Adverb

Latin, by, of, or in itself

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