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.

Nearby words

  1. in particular,
  2. in passing,
  3. in perpetuity,
  4. in perpetuum,
  5. in person,
  6. in petto,
  7. in phase,
  8. in place,
  9. in place of,
  10. in plain english

Compare in rem.

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

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

Word Origin for in personam

Latin

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