in rem

adverb or adjective

: against a thing (such as a right, status, or property)
used especially of legal actions, judgments, or jurisdiction
compare in personam

Word History


Late Latin

First Known Use

1761, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of in rem was in 1761

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Cite this Entry

“In rem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

in rem

adverb or adjective
: against or with respect to a thing (as a right, status, or interest in property) without reference to the persons involved
when the Government is proceeding against property in remAustin v. United States, 509 U.S. 602 (1993)
an in rem action
see also in rem jurisdiction at jurisdiction compare in personam, quasi in rem


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