With respect to a person rather than to a piece of property.
(law) Designating an action or judgment against a person, as distinguished from one against a thing, as property (in rem)
Pertaining to a person or personal rights or interests, as opposed to in rem.
Origin of in-personam
- Late Latin Latin in onto, against Latin persōnam accusative of persōna person
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin in + personam, literally "towards a person".