Meaning of in personam in English:

in personam

Pronunciation /ˌɪn pəːˈsəʊnam/


  • Made against or affecting a specific person only; imposing a personal liability.

    Compare with in rem

    ‘rights and duties in personam’
    • ‘in personam jurisdiction’
    • ‘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.’


Latin, ‘against a person’.