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Per Se Rule

per se rule n

1 : a generalized rule applied without consideration for specific circumstances [would go even further and apply a per se rule of invalidity to affirmative action programs "Alan Freeman"] called also flat rule
2 : a rule that considers a particular restraint of trade to be manifestly contrary to competition and so does not require an inquiry into precise harm or purpose for an instance of it to be declared illegal [applied the per se rule to price-fixing by public utilities] compare rule of reason

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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