in personam 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 jurisdiction compare in rem , quasi in rem
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.