from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Law Against a person rather than against property. Used of an action or judgment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a lawsuit against a specific individual, a summons and complaint to give the court jurisdiction that is served to a person to try a case. In personam means that a judgment can be enforceable against the person wherever he/she is.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Against the person: used in law of a right resting in a purely personal obligation of another, and of proceedings to enforce a right by judgment binding only on the party proceeded against, such as a suit to recover a debt: in contradistinction to a right or a proceeding in rem, which binds all the world, such as a proceeding to condemn a ship or to dissolve a marriage. See action, 8 .
Late Latin : Latin in, onto, against + Latin persōnam, accusative of persōna, person.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin in + personam, literally "towards a person". (Wiktionary)