Etymology
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per se

"by himself, herself, or itself," 1570s, Latin, literally "by itself;" from per (see per) + se (see se-). The Latin phrase translates Greek kath auto (Aristotle).

updated on March 24, 2020

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Definitions of per se from WordNet

per se (adv.)
with respect to its inherent nature;
this statement is interesting per se
Synonyms: intrinsically / in and of itself
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