- (of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a thing, rather than against a person, as a legal proceeding for the recovery of property.
Compare in personam.
Origin of in rem
1880–85; < Latin: literally, against (the) thing
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- law (of a judicial act) directed against property rather than against a specific personCompare in personam
Latin, literally: against the matter