In the civil and common law. A personal action. The ordi-nary term for this kind of action in the civil law is actio in personam, (q. t>.,) the word personalis being of only occasional occur-rence. Inst 4, 6, 8, in tit.; Id. 4, 11, pr. 1. Bracton, however, uses it freely, and hence the personal action of the common law. Bract fols. 102a, 159b. See Personal Ao-tion