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personal Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a short newspaper article about a particular person or group
  2. adjective 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
  3. adjective satellite particular to a given individual
  4. adjective of or arising from personality
    • personal magnetism
  5. adjective satellite intimately concerning a person's body or physical being
    • personal hygiene
  6. adjective indicating grammatical person
    • personal verb endings

Per"son*al adjective
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.
Per"son*al noun
  1. (Law) A movable; a chattel.

Webster 1913