in personam

adverb or adjective in per·so·nam \ ˌin-pər-ˈsō-ˌnam , -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

Origin and Etymology of in personam

Late Latin, against a person


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in personam

adverb or adjective in per·so·nam \ ˌin-pər-ˈsō-nəm \

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

Origin and Etymology of in personam

Latin, against a person


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