Definition of in personam in English:

in personam

Syllabification: in per·so·nam
Pronunciation: /ˌin pərˈsōnəm

adjective& adverb

Made or availing against or affecting a specific person only; imposing a personal liability: [as postpositive adjective]: rights and duties in personam [as adverb]: the view that trusts operate in personam Compare with in rem.
More example sentences
  • It is important to note that our forfeiture provisions operate in personam and that forfeiture normally follows conviction.
  • If the judgment is only to operate in personam jurisdiction of the thing by seizure or its equivalent is not necessary.


late 18th century: Latin, literally 'against a person'.

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