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per se
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He would stay with us, but I had no legal protection per se.
Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  by itself (innately)
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  • He would stay with us, but I had no legal protection per se.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The girl had no other injuries, per se, though she hardly responded when spoken to or even when examined.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "There’s nothing wrong with it per se.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "It wasn’t a dream per se, as a matter of fact," he told Jeannie.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • "Not per se, no." He tapped the file.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Four decades ago Bell Wiley wrote that scarcely one in ten Union soldiers "had any real interest in emancipation per se."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Despite the mark-up I’d paid in repurchasing the fake from Mr. So-and-So (ideally an actor or a clothing designer who collected as a hobby, if not illustrious as a collector per se) I could then turn around and sell it again for sometimes twice what I’d bought it back for, to some Wall Street cheese fry who didn’t know Chippendale from Ethan Allen but was more than thrilled with "official documents" proving that his Duncan Phyfe secretary or whatever came from the collection of Mr.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Not that they are wrong, per se, but the church has always downplayed the Illuminati threat.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But I truly believe that it wasn’t bullying, per se, that led Peter to do what he did.’
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • I’d never really been afraid of heights per se, but being able to see all the details with such clarity made the prospect less appealing.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn

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  • It wasn’t part of the Institute per se; it had been left deliberately unconsecrated in order that it might be used as a holding place for demons and vampires.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The only important participants absent were the original defendants; in their stead, as it were, stood Judge Tate, old Mr. Fleming, and Harrison Smith, whose careers were imperiled-not because of the appellant’s allegations per se, but because of the apparent credit the Bar Association bestowed upon them.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • They don’t mind losing ten or twenty million people, so long as they sweep the board, because people, per se, are only pawns, and expendable.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He doesn’t feel jealous of her past per se.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • It would be immortal, I understand, but for the possibility of its annihilation by its First Cause Who, from all I can hear, is quite capable of adding that to the number of His other practical jokes, corruptio per se and corruptio per accidens both being excluded by court etiquette.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • No one taught her to go looking for birds per se in her reading; rather, what happens is that, based on other reading experiences in a variety of courses and contexts, she learned to watch for distinctive features of a text, for repetitions of a certain kind of object or activity for resonances.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Standardization is excellent, per se.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I’m not thinking of anything fancy, and not a recording studio, per se.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Not big per se (as Chacko-of-Oxford would no doubt have put it).
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • You can prove the practicality of planned parenthood till you get tired of listening to yourself and it’s going to go nowhere because your antagonist isn’t buying the assumption that anything socially practical is good per se.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I say your play, because qui facit per alium facit per se.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • This was merged, in turn, in an examination of the Italian heart per se.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • There were no experts at orbital mining per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Actually, it’s not tied directly to the Chinese per se.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • "The rape per se didn’t impact me so much," she says.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • They’re not dangerous per se "But they are a right pain," said Cooper, glancing at it.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Okay, not mine per se.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • I ain’t broke per se.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "I was not coded by a professional hacker, per se, but by a researcher at the Library of Congress who taught himself how to code," the Librarian says.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • This isn’t a book about the cost of chewing gum versus campaign spending per se, or about disingenuous real-estate agents, or the impact of legalized abortion on crime.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • They were humane enough, anticommercial enough, to call economic activity per se a danger to the salvation of the soul, that is, to humanity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And since neither of the men showed any interest in Joe, but went after the woman as if they were attack dogs, they must have been watching him at the beach not because they were interested in him, per se, but because they hoped that she would make contact with him at some point during the day.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Even if we have learned to be rightly and deeply fearful of elevating the cultural forms and conservatisms of any nation into normative and exclusivist systems, even if we have terrible proof that pride in an ethnic and religious heritage can quickly degrade into the fascistic, our vigilance on that score should not displace our love and trust in the good of the indigenous per se.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • I’m not sure the Army, per se, is turning into a laughing stock simply because of all the press reports where everyone’s going ’wink, wink, nudge, nudge.’
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Since this, per se, was defense, and since the Navy’s whole tradition was to take the offensive, Hazzard spent his final years of duty conning a desk.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • They were conquered, but there’s no evidence of genocide per se.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • You wish to say that you did not mean to be taken so seriously, that the view you have advocated is not yours per se, but rather merely one possible view out of many hovering in the air, as it were, which you then seized upon in order to have an irresponsible go at it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • And Lagos told me the other night that, according to the Sumerians, there was no concept of good and evil per se.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • But they aren’t, per se, creative.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But there was never a civil war per Se.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • But it’s not inciting, per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • It appears to be copies of copies with legacy and remnant code scattered throughout, much of it haying nothing to do with fabber operations, per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I frankly don’t think the Glatun code, per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • "And two hundred and fourteen meters isn’t a hard limit, per se."
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • If by "per se" Wiley meant "in and of itself alone," one in ten may even be an exaggeration.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • She has a special talent that has nothing to do with sex per se.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And I don’t know if we’re going to be making many ships, per se.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • And she won’t cause trouble on the Raft because all she can do is escape from their part of it onto the Raft per se.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Eh, eh, Naphta knew quite well that he wasn’t talking about sketching, but about literature as the basic impulse of humanity, about the human spirit, which, mock as he might, was spirit per se, the miracle uniting analysis and form.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • From here it’s a thirty-foot drop to the water, they are looking out across the prosperous, clean white neighborhood of the Russian people, separated from the squalid dark tangle of the Raft per se by a wide canal patrolled by gun-toting blackrobes.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
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Associated words [difficulty]:   per se [4] , per capita [6] , per diem [9]
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