Personal equation
Personal Per"son*al (p[~e]r"s[u^]n*al), a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.] 1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things. [1913 Webster]

Every man so termed by way of personal difference. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals; peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or general; as, personal comfort; personal desire. [1913 Webster]

The words are conditional, -- If thou doest well, -- and so personal to Cain. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance; corporeal; as, personal charms. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. Done in person; without the intervention of another. ``Personal communication.'' --Fabyan. [1913 Webster]

The immediate and personal speaking of God. --White. [1913 Webster]

5. Relating to an individual, his character, conduct, motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive manner; as, personal reflections or remarks. [1913 Webster]

6. (Gram.) Denoting person; as, a personal pronoun. [1913 Webster]

{Personal action} (Law), a suit or action by which a man claims a debt or personal duty, or damages in lieu of it; or wherein he claims satisfaction in damages for an injury to his person or property, or the specific recovery of goods or chattels; -- opposed to real action.

{Personal equation}. (Astron.) See under {Equation}.

{Personal estate} or {Personal property} (Law), movables; chattels; -- opposed to real estate or property. It usually consists of things temporary and movable, including all subjects of property not of a freehold nature.

{Personal identity} (Metaph.), the persistent and continuous unity of the individual person, which is attested by consciousness.

{Personal pronoun} (Gram.), one of the pronouns {I}, {thou}, {he}, {she}, {it}, and their plurals.

{Personal representatives} (Law), the executors or administrators of a person deceased.

{Personal rights}, rights appertaining to the person; as, the rights of a personal security, personal liberty, and private property.

{Personal tithes}. See under {Tithe}.

{Personal verb} (Gram.), a verb which is modified or inflected to correspond with the three persons. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Personal equation — The personal equation, in 19th and early 20th century science, referred to the idea that every individual observer had an inherent bias when it came to measurements and observations. The term originated in astronomy, when it was discovered that… …   Wikipedia

  • personal equation — noun Date: 1845 variation (as in observation) occasioned by the personal peculiarities of an individual; also a correction or allowance made for such variation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • personal equation — the tendency to personal bias that accounts for variation in interpretation or approach and for which allowance must be made. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • personal equation — The correction necessary to take account of individual differences in response times, especially in astronomy. Some observers will report an event earlier than others, because of an element of anticipation whose effects may vary. By analogy, the… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • personal equation — /pɜsənəl əˈkweɪʒən/ (say persuhnuhl uh kwayzhuhn) noun 1. personal tendency to deviation or error, as a result of the influence of individual perception, judgement, etc., for which allowance must be made. 2. the characteristics of an individual… …   Australian English dictionary

  • absolute personal equation — noun : the deviation between a value obtained by an observer and a standard value assumed as true compare relative personal equation …   Useful english dictionary

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