in rem

[in rem]
noun Law.
(of a legal proceeding or judgment) directed against a thing, rather than against a person, as a legal proceeding for the recovery of property.
Compare in personam.

1880–85; < Latin: literally, against (the) thing Unabridged
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in rem (ɪn ˈrɛm)
law Compare in personam (of a judicial act) directed against property rather than against a specific person
[Latin, literally: against the matter]

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