Definition of in personam in US English:

in personam

adjective & adverb

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

    as postpositive adjective ‘rights and duties in personam’
    Compare with in rem
    as adverb ‘the view that trusts operate in personam’
    • ‘If the judgment is only to operate in personam jurisdiction of the thing by seizure or its equivalent is not necessary.’
    • ‘It is important to note that our forfeiture provisions operate in personam and that forfeiture normally follows conviction.’


Latin, ‘against a person’.


in personam

/ˌin pərˈsōnəm/