Latin borrowing meaning "in and of itself", used in certain fairly specific, idiomatic contexts in casual English. Is typically used with a negative to indicate that a term being used is understood to be imprecise or off-the-mark (i.e., not accurate 'per se') in a case where the term is nevertheless useful to an explanation. Usually followed by an explanation or justification for the use of the term indicated.

It is as well sometimes used preceding a term indicated, especially in more formal (e.g., legal) usage. In these contexts, usually used in the positive to reinforce a characterisation as fundamentally being the case (i.e., 'per se' accurate).
"It's not that I consider it a 'joke' per se. It's just that I don't think it takes the subject quite seriously enough, under the circumstances."

"Sexual advances toward a minor are without exception per se illegal in this state. This is not open to question or challenge."
Yst가 작성 2005년 10월 28일 (금)
A Pretentious term, often used both out of context and too often by people who would like to sound more intelligent than they actually are.
"I know that you are my best friend but if you continue to use this phrase i shall have to kick the living shit out of you"..."Ok i wont kick shit out of you per se but i`ll certainly make you wish you had never said it"
David Whittaker가 작성 2008년 03월 03일 (월)
Synonym for "exactly" or "quite."
I wouldn't call her short, per se. Maybe vertically challenged.
chu가 작성 2004년 12월 13일 (월)
it is ass in finnish
sinulla on iso perse=you have a big ass
sky roketing banana가 작성 2003년 09월 26일 (금)
it is also ass in Estonian, which is similar to Finnish.
Sull on suur perse, You have a big ass
peejay1954가 작성 2011년 04월 12일 (화)
Perse has many defintions, the original term comes from the phrase persy; which is derived from the common pot smoker's term "smokin a persy bowl". The phrase eventually evolved when Asan began smokin persy chillum bowls (pcb) on the reg. He would smoke by himself and the term 'persing out' was dubbed.
Persing out can refer to the following things: Sleeping on the game, taking a brief nap, getting sick, not going out, not responding, and more pers-ituations.
We also use the term being perse. Perse can be used for the following situations: something personal, something of your own possesion, something you don't want to talk about, something that isn't 'chill'.
This bitch was giving me and her mom walked in, sooo perse.

Just goin to Rusko, back stage, on the perse.
Gi Pup featuring Kushclouds가 작성 2010년 09월 14일 (화)
Miedo. Puede ser usado : "no tengas miedo, sin perse"
Si voy donde ti
Te saco a bailar
No me digas que no
No, no tengas miedo, sin perse
Yo me atrevo, aprovechalo
NJzShawtii가 작성 2008년 01월 13일 (일)

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