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in rem

[in rem]
adverb, adjective Law.
  1. (of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a thing, rather than against a person, as a legal proceeding for the recovery of property.
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Compare in personam.

Origin of in rem

1880–85; < Latin: literally, against (the) thing
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British Dictionary definitions for in rem

in rem

adjective
  1. law (of a judicial act) directed against property rather than against a specific personCompare in personam
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Word Origin

Latin, literally: against the matter
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