in personam

[in per-soh-nam]

adverb, adjective Law.

(of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a party or parties, rather than against property.

Compare in rem.

Origin of in personam

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in personam

in personam


law (of a judicial act) directed against a specific person or personsCompare in rem

Word Origin for in personam

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012