in rem

adverb or adjective \ in-ˈrem \

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

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Origin and Etymology of in rem

Late Latin


Law Dictionary

in rem

adverb or adjective \ in-ˈrem \

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

Latin



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