1 : a thing (as a property, interest, or status) as opposed to a person that is the object of rights and esp. that is the subject matter of litigation [a court with jurisdiction over the of the suit] compare in personam , in rem , quasi in rem
2 : corpus [the of the trust was the marital home "Stopka v. Commercial Embroidery, Inc. , 428 N.E.2d 1130 (1981)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.