in rem

[ in rem ]
/ ɪn ˈrɛm /

adverb, adjective Law.

(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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Origin of in rem

1880–85; < Latin: literally, against (the) thing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for in rem

in rem
/ (ɪn ˈrɛm) /


law (of a judicial act) directed against property rather than against a specific personCompare in personam

Word Origin for in rem

Latin, literally: against the matter
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