in personam
adverb or adjective Etymology: Late Latin, against a person Date: 1771 against a person for the purpose of imposing a liability or obligation — used especially of legal actions, judgments, or jurisdiction; compare in rem

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  • in personam — in per·so·nam /ˌin pər sō nəm/ adv or adj [Latin, against a person]: against a person for the purpose of imposing a liability or obligation to do or not do something an action in personam an in personam suit see also in personam jurisdiction at …   Law dictionary

  • In personam — (in purr soh nam) from Latin for directed toward a particular person. In a lawsuit in which the case is against a specific individual, that person must be served with a summons and complaint to give the court jurisdiction to try the case, and the …   Wikipedia

  • in personam — /in parsownam/ Against the person. Action seeking judgment against a person involving his personal rights and based on jurisdiction of his person, as distinguished from a judgment against property (i.e. in rem). Type of jurisdiction or power… …   Black's law dictionary

  • in personam — /in parsownam/ Against the person. Action seeking judgment against a person involving his personal rights and based on jurisdiction of his person, as distinguished from a judgment against property (i.e. in rem). Type of jurisdiction or power… …   Black's law dictionary

  • in personam — [in΄ pər sō′nəm] adj. [L, lit., against the person] Law designating an action or judgment against a person, as distinguished from one against a thing, as property ( in rem) …   English World dictionary

  • in personam — Latin for an action against the person (SA Bankruptcy.com) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • in personam — adjective In a lawsuit against a specific individual, a summons and complaint to give the court jurisdiction that is served to a person to try a case. In personam means that a judgment can be enforceable against the person wherever he/she is. in… …   Wiktionary

  • in personam — Against the person; involving the person. See judgment in personam; right in personam …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • in personam — pə(r)ˈsōˌnam adverb (or adjective) Etymology: Latin, against a person : against a particular person for the purpose of imposing upon him a personal liability, debt, or obligation to do or not to do a designated act proceedings and judgments are… …   Useful english dictionary

  • in personam — /in peuhr soh nam/, Law. (of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a party or parties, rather than against property. Cf. in rem. [1880 85; < L] * * * …   Universalium

  • in personam — in per•so•nam [[t]ɪn pərˈsoʊ næm[/t]] adv. adj. law (of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a person or persons, rather than against property Compare in rem • Etymology: 1880–85; < L …   From formal English to slang

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