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per se

[pur sey, see, per] /pɜr ˈseɪ, ˈsi, pər/
adverb
1.
by, of, for, or in itself; intrinsically:
This candidate is not a pacifist per se, but he is in favor of peaceful solutions when practicable.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin per sē by itself, translation of Greek kath’ autó
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Examples from the web for per se
  • As I argue incessantly, inequality per se is morally neutral.
  • I'm not as interested in the mechanisms per se.
  • But the improvement is due to better treatments for infection as opposed for treatments for sickle cell per se.
  • Our designs don't look like robotic jellyfish per se.
  • Although it contains a map, it is not the usual guide, per se.
  • More frustrating to some librarians than the salaries per se is the relative rigidity of salary schedules on many campuses.
  • Still, I don't really love music on video, per se.
  • That's clearly too many, but it's not queuing per se that bothers me.
  • In fact for some things there may be no 'explanation' per se.
  • We are not opposed to testing per se.
British Dictionary definitions for per se

per se

/ˈpɜː ˈseɪ/
adverb
1.
by or in itself; intrinsically
Word Origin
Latin
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Word Origin and History for per se

Latin, literally "by itself;" translating Greek kath auto (Aristotle).

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