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in personam

[in per-soh-nam]
adverb, adjective Law.
  1. (of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a party or parties, rather than against property.
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Origin of in personam

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for in personam

in personam

adjective
  1. law (of a judicial act) directed against a specific person or personsCompare in rem
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Word Origin

Latin
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