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personal    : [p'ɚsɪnɪl]
Personal \Per"son*al\ (p[~e]r"s[u^]n*al), a. [L. personalis: cf.
F. personnel.]
1. Pertaining to human beings as distinct from things.
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Every man so termed by way of personal difference.
--Hooker.
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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.
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The words are conditional, -- If thou doest well, --
and so personal to Cain. --Locke.
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3. Pertaining to the external or bodily appearance;
corporeal; as, personal charms. --Addison.
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4. Done in person; without the intervention of another.
"Personal communication." --Fabyan.
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The immediate and personal speaking of God. --White.
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5. Relating to an individual, his character, conduct,
motives, or private affairs, in an invidious and offensive
manner; as, personal reflections or remarks.
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6. (Gram.) Denoting person; as, a personal pronoun.
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{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.
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Personal \Per"son*al\, n. (Law)
A movable; a chattel.
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personal
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:
{impersonal}]
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 1: a short newspaper article about a particular person or
group

66 Moby Thesaurus words for "personal":
absolute, actual, adverse, anonymous, belittling, bodily, bosom,
certain, close, closet, concrete, critical, dear, defined,
definite, deprecating, derogatory, detailed, determinate,
different, disparaging, distinct, distinguished, esoteric,
especial, exceptional, exclusive, express, extraordinary, familiar,
fixed, idiosyncratic, in person, in the flesh, incognito,
individual, inmost, inner, innermost, insulting, interior,
intimate, inward, isolated, live, minute, noteworthy, offensive,
particular, peculiar, physical, precise, private, privy,
respective, retired, secluded, sequestered, several, singular,
slighting, solipsistic, special, specific, unfriendly, withdrawn



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