personal

When something's personal, it's all about you. A personal decision is one you make on your own and it’s probably about something that concerns you, too. Your personal possessions are things that belong to you.

No doubt you've noticed the word person, in personal. The word comes from the Latin personalis, "of a person." Personal can be your personal habits — how often your brush your teeth, whether you like broccoli — or your personal space, or a personal attack — mean-spirited criticism aimed at somebody in particular. The "Personals" section in your local newspaper is where people place ads hoping to find true love or with other personal messages.

Primary Meanings of personal

1.
adjn
concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
a short newspaper article about a particular person or group
2.
adj
indicating grammatical person
Full Definitions of personal
1

adj 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”
Synonyms:
ad hominem
appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
face-to-face
in each other's presence
individual, private
concerning one person exclusively
individualised, individualized, personalised, personalized
made for or directed or adjusted to a particular individual
in the flesh, in-person
an appearance carried out personally in someone else's physical presence
ain, own
belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
personalized
pointedly referring to or concerning a person's individual personality or intimate affairs especially offensively
person-to-person
involving direct communication or contact between persons or parties
private
concerning things deeply private and personal
private
confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
Antonyms:
impersonal
not relating to or responsive to individual persons
nonpersonal
lacking personality
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adj particular to a given individual

Synonyms:
subjective
taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

adj of or arising from personality

personal magnetism”

adj intimately concerning a person's body or physical being

personal hygiene”
Synonyms:
physical
involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit

n a short newspaper article about a particular person or group

Type of:
news article, news story, newspaper article
an article reporting news
2

adj indicating grammatical person

personal verb endings”

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