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
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.
4. Done in person; without the intervention of
another. "Personal communication." Fabyan.
The immediate and personal speaking of
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 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 consciousness. --
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.
Per"son*al, n. (Law) A
movable; a chattel.