\pˈɜː], \pˈɜː], \p_ˈɜː]\
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Lat. By. When a writ of entry is sued out against the alienee of the original intruder or disseisor, or against his heir to whom the land has descended, it is said to be brought "in the per," because the writ then states that the tenant had not entry but by (per) the original wrong-doer. 3 Bl. Comm. 181.
By Henry Campbell Black
p[.e]r, prep. through, by means of, according to.--PER ANNUM, year by year: for each year; PER CAPITA, by heads, implying equal rights to two or more persons; PER CENT., per hundred; PER CONTRA, on the contrary: as a set-off; PER DIEM, every day: day by day; PER MENSEM, monthly: by the month; PER SALTUM, at a single leap: all at once; PER SE, by himself, &c.: essentially.
By Thomas Davidson
By Robley Dunglison
Through, by, by means of. 1. In Latin phrr.: p. annum, (so much) by the year, yearly; p. contra adv. & n., (on) the opposite side (of an account &c.); p. diem, mensem, (so much) by the day, month; p. procurationem (abbrr. per pro (c)., p.p.), by proxy, by the action of (person signing document); p. saltum, without intermediate steps, all at once; p. se, by or in itself, intrinsically. 2. As English prep.: by, by means or instrumentality of, as p. post, rail, steamer, bcarer; (facet.) as p. usual, as usual; for each, as a shilling p. man, 5 p. cent. [Latin]
By Sir Augustus Henry