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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] per se (by itself), from per (by, through), and se (itself, himself, herself, themselves).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: pɹˌˈsej

Adverb

per se (not comparable)
  1. By itself; without consideration of extraneous factors.

Usage notes

Because this is a Latin phrase, it is usually italicized when written.

Translations


Dutch

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:nl:Template:lang:la derivations]] per se (by itself), from per (by, through), and se (itself, himself, herself, themselves).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈpɛr ˈse/

Alternative spellings

  • (obsolete since spelling reform of 1995) persé

Adverb

per se

  1. necessarily, absolutely, without fail
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) per se

Usage notes

The ‘necessity meaning’ is the usual one, the original Latin meaning as in English is rarely used and can be misunderstood.


Latin

Adverb

per se

  1. per se
  2. by itself
  3. through itself

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