- a short news paragraph in a newspaper concerning a particular person, as one who is socially prominent, or a group of particular persons who are socially prominent.
- a brief, private notice in a newspaper or magazine, often addressed to a particular person, and typically bearing an abbreviated salutation and signature to preserve its confidentiality, usually printed in a special part of the classified advertising section.
- Also called personal ad . a similar notice, as in a newspaper or on a website, placed by a person seeking companionship, a spouse, etc.
- Usually personals. a column, page, or section, as of a newspaper, magazine, or website, featuring such notices or items.
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(e) Are the non-personal authorities cited (books, etc.) reliable and unprejudiced?The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
In Christianity, indeed, it was the latter that prepared the way for the idea of the non-personal character of God.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
They may, for all that we can prove to the contrary, be of a non-conscious and non-personal nature.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
The non-personal part of nature is ordained for subjugation by man.
It remains to extend the principle of love to the non-personal sphere with which man is in contact.