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per se

Legal Definition of per se

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Definition of per se

Etymology

    From Latin per se (“by itself”), from per (“by, through”), and se (“itself, himself, herself, themselves”).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /pəːˈseɪ/
  • (US) IPA: /pɚːˈseɪ/

Adverb

per se (not comparable)

  1. By itself; without consideration of extraneous factors.

    The law makes drunk driving illegal per se.

  2. (chiefly in negative polarity environments) As such; as one would expect from the name.

    Well, that's not correct per se, but the situation is something like that.

  3. (law) As a matter of law.

Usage notes

  • Because this is originally a Latin phrase, it is sometimes italicized when it is written.

Further reading

Per se may refer to:

References:

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