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Explanation of personal by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. particular to a given individual

    2. concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality

    3. 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
    4. intimately concerning a person's body or physical being

    5. personal hygiene
    6. indicating grammatical person

    7. personal verb endings
    8. of or arising from personality

    9. personal magnetism
    1. a short newspaper article about a particular person or group

    Definition of personal by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Personal ( pẽrsŭnal ), a. [L. personalis: cf. F. personnel.]
      1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.

      Every man so termed by way of personal difference. Hooker.

      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 Personal property ( Law ), movables; chattels; -- opposed to real estate or real 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.

    2. Personal, n. ( Law ) A movable; a chattel.