What does per se

per se

The educational expression per se means "by itself", "in itself", "out of itself" and usually expresses that something takes place, is possible or causes something without further action or other influences.

The original meaning is now a bit blurry, so will per se meanwhile also used as a synonym for “basically” and “in any case”.

Was acquired per se without change from Latin per se (per se).


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Phonetic transcription (IPA): [pɛʁ ˈzeː]

Usage examples

A smartphone doesn't steer per se from important things. But scrolling social networks every few minutes in search of a cheap dopamine kick has become a huge time waster for many.

The matter goes without saying per se.

Migration is not per se problematic. Problems arise, however, when dealing with migrants in the country of immigration.

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