Definition of per se
From Latin per se (“by itself”), from per (“by, through”), and se (“itself, himself, herself, themselves”).
- (UK) IPA: /pəːˈseɪ/
- (US) IPA: /pɚːˈseɪ/
per se (not comparable)
- By itself; without consideration of extraneous factors.
The law makes drunk driving illegal per se.
- (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.
- (law) As a matter of law.
- Because this is originally a Latin phrase, it is sometimes italicized when it is written.
Per se may refer to:
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