in personam

adverb or adjective
in per·​so·​nam | \ ˌin-pər-ˈsō-ˌnam How to pronounce in personam (audio) , -ˌnäm \

Definition of in personam

: against a person for the purpose of imposing a liability or obligation used especially of legal actions, judgments, or jurisdiction — compare in rem

First Known Use of in personam

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for in personam

Late Latin, against a person

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“In personam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20personam. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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in personam

adverb or adjective
in per·​so·​nam | \ ˌin-pər-ˈsō-nəm How to pronounce in personam (audio) \

Legal Definition of in personam

: against a person for the purpose of imposing a liability or obligation to do or not do something an action in personam an in personam suit — see also in personam jurisdiction at jurisdiction — compare in rem, quasi in rem

History and Etymology for in personam

Latin, against a person

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