Hypertext Webster Gateway: "personal"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Personal \Per"son*al\, n. (Law)
A movable; a chattel.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Personal \Per"son*al\, a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.]
1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.

Every man so termed by way of personal difference.

2. Of or pertaining to a particular person; relating to, or
affecting, an individual, or each of many individuals;
peculiar or proper to private concerns; not public or
general; as, personal comfort; personal desire.

The words are conditional, -- If thou doest well, --
and so personal to Cain. --Locke.

3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance;
corporeal; as, personal charms. --Addison.

4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
``Personal communication.'' --Fabyan.

The immediate and personal speaking of God. --White.

5. Relating to an individual, his character, conduct,
motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive
manner; as, personal reflections or remarks.

6. (Gram.) Denoting person; as, a personal pronoun.

{Personal action} (Law), a suit or action by which a man
claims a debt or personal duty, or damages in lieu of it;
or wherein he claims satisfaction in damages for an injury
to his person or property, or the specific recovery of
goods or chattels; -- opposed to real action.

{Personal equation}. (Astron.) See under {Equation}.

{Personal estate} or {property} (Law), movables; chattels; --
opposed to real estate or property. It usually consists of
things temporary and movable, including all subjects of
property not of a freehold nature.

{Personal identity} (Metaph.), the persistent and continuous
unity of the individual person, which is attested by

{Personal pronoun} (Gram.), one of the pronouns {I}, {thou},
{he}, {she}, {it}, and their plurals.

{Personal representatives} (Law), the executors or
administrators of a person deceased.

{Personal rights}, rights appertaining to the person; as, the
rights of a personal security, personal liberty, and
private property.

{Personal tithes}. See under {Tithe}.

{Personal verb} (Gram.), a verb which is modified or
inflected to correspond with the three persons.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her
private life and personality; "a personal favor"; "for
your personal use"; "personal papers"; "I have
something personal to tell you"; "a personal God"; "he
has his personal bank account and she has hers" [ant:
2: particular to a given individual
3: of or arising from personality; "personal magnetism"
4: intimately concerning a person's body or physical being;
"personal hygiene"
5: indicating grammatical person; "personal verb endings"
n : a short newspaper article about a particular person or group

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