Definition of in rem
: against a thing (such as a right, status, or property) —used especially of legal actions, judgments, or jurisdiction — compare in personam
Legal Definition of in rem
: 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 rem — Austin 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
Origin and Etymology of in rem
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