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Per Se

[Latin, In itself.] Simply as such; in its own nature without reference to its relation.

In the law of Defamation, slander per se refers to certain language that is actionable as slander in and of itself without proof of special damages, such as the situation in which a person is falsely accused of having committed a crime. Defamation per se is in contradistinction to defamation per quod, which requires proof of special damages.


Libel and Slander.

per se

(purr say) adj. Latin for "by itself," meaning inherently. Thus, a published writing which falsely accuses another of having a venereal disease or being a convicted felon is "libel per se," without further explanation of the meaning of the statement. (See: libel per se)

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The signing per say is not what's important, rather its good intentions and serious work though a true partnership to rebuild Yemen," said Saleh after signing.
The international call is to cease the violence and provide for the Libyan people per say.
This achievement is a common ground shared by all that work for Al Arabiya, and not specific to one individual per say.
But they will not be stepping in, they will not be conducting any military operations per say, unless they are specifically called on to do so by the Iraqi government.
Thus, a closer look at its conduct shows that the pro-Western coalition in Lebanon was not defending these values per say, and was instead envisioning them as being nothing more than a byproduct of the country's liberation from tutelage and an empty slogan being reiterated solely for the purposes of eloquence.
there has been an upward trend in non-performing loans but nothing that has been materially damaging to the bank per say.
Even as they soured on civil rights and gravitated to politicians advocating "law and order," Zeitz suggests that New Yorkers were expressing the reality that the city had become a "difficult place to live," rather than concerns about race per say (147-156).
Mr Miliband said: "It's state sponsored violence with a very clear motivation, which is not ethnic cleansing per say but the desire to remain in power.
It's not something I would expect most skaters to be aware of, per say, but I think maybe without realizing it, skateboarding is the perfect example of Situationism.
You don't look at these buildings and see minuet's or pagodas per say, but they carry some codification from both cultures.
95) presents a college coach's autobiography but offers a contrary format; for Tarkanian considers himself not a 'coach' per say but a 'teacher of young men', and his colorful national championship years are packed with controversy and color.
Kids in grades 2-5 will love the bright, contemporary look of Elaine Jackson's Travel Through Egypt: it isn't a history per say, but because so many kids associate Egypt with ancient history, they'll be in for a surprise with the travelogue/you are there atmosphere which blends history with contemporary culture.