Adjective "personal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Belonging to or affecting a particular person rather than anyone else.
  1. 'One appears to be on the personal website of a creative writing student at Macquarie University.'
  2. 'You'll use my body as your personal jungle gym, always crawling back over me if you go anywhere in the room.'
  3. 'I like to write about my life, but I think that belongs in my personal journal.'
  4. 'Unless one's size is affecting one's personal health then one should be comfortable being who they are.'
  5. 'In it were all of her personal letters, her journal, and a few treasured childhood trinkets.'
  6. 'This is a fine anthology that would be a welcome addition to anyone's personal library.'
  7. 'Inside laid a treasure trove of personal effects belonging to Earl Sandstrum.'
  8. 'The room was empty and had no personal items belonging to the presumed occupants.'
  9. 'I believe it is more important to be a good mentor than it is to preserve my personal body of work.'
  10. 'He stashed away hundreds of Diana-related items, from signed CDs to personal letters to photographs.'
  11. 'It does not necessarily, I think, involve the personal presence of the person claiming to occupy.'
  12. 'The position requires a high degree of personal presence, creativity and imagination.'
  13. 'Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke of his distress and the Prince of Wales wrote personal letters of condolence to both families.'
  14. 'I write this in the form of a personal letter from me to you, if for no other reason than to blunder and blur genres further.'
  15. 'The second benefit is that a blog can give your practice a voice and a personal presence.'
  16. 'All she did was read out a personal letter written by Dan in which he denied involvement.'
  17. 'Each individual will receive a personal letter of apology, acknowledging the harm caused by the process.'
  18. 'Ingram was presenting his personal opinion which he submitted in a letter to The Peak.'
  19. 'It took a personal letter from President Lyndon Johnson in late December to win their release.'
Of or concerning one's private life, relationships, and emotions rather than one's career or public life.
  1. 'The relationship you build can be a bit more personal throughout your whole career.'
  2. 'We have developed a very close, personal relationship, a relationship of trust.'
  3. 'It may well be that he was concerned about his personal exposure to liability in relation to the real estate conveyance.'
  4. 'Their argument is that nothing is too personal or private for public discourse.'
  5. 'Then, when it comes time to have a personal relationship with your Creator, you would rather not.'
  6. 'His point of view was to present a character study in a series of private and personal relationships.'
  7. 'Do convictions rather than practical and personal concerns dictate your decisions?'
  8. 'He's interested in the dynamics of very intimate personal relationships.'
  9. 'The relationship between a political figure's personal life and his public career is a tricky one.'
  10. 'Another is that the ban reduces our personal freedom and sanitises public spaces, treating us rather like children.'
  11. 'he had the cheek to make personal remarks'
  12. 'In her taste, her cultural and political awareness, even her personal appearance, she seems like a product of the Rive Gauche.'
  13. 'It is certainly typical of the threats and personal attacks which now characterise the three-way bid battle.'
  14. 'He decided to get very personal and to refer to my own marriage.'
  15. 'I believe that we will be judged on this record and not by unkind and unjustified personal remarks in the press.'
  16. 'I suggest that it is time you made a ruling on that, and said that those sorts of personal insinuations are inappropriate.'
  17. 'The only problem is if we go from the deeply offensive and personal to the deeply offensive and general.'
Relating to a person's body.
  1. 'It is now up to you to ask your doctors whether they are practicing even the most basic acts of personal hygiene.'
  2. 'These cults are a group of jobless people who are more interested in their facial hair than their personal hygiene.'
  3. 'The educated elite is conscious about their personal hygiene and health.'
  4. 'A certain lack of personal hygiene pervades the carriage, and then yes, you guessed it, three of 'em decide my table is fair game.'
  5. 'He also digs sharing information about his personal body art that you'd probably rather not know.'
  6. 'I assure you, my personal hygiene is of the highest standard.'
  7. 'People pay more attention to personal hygiene and quit bad habits.'
  8. 'He was at his friend's house getting high when he noticed the grubby living conditions and lack of personal hygiene.'
  9. 'The care will cover all personal hygiene, dressing, assistance with eating and preparing food and help with mobility.'
  10. 'If you are seriously concerned about these children, then do the right thing and improve their diet and personal hygiene habits.'
Of or denoting one of the three persons.
  1. 'If a personal noun was necessary to make sense of running conversation, I added the name.'
Existing as a self-aware entity, not as an abstraction or an impersonal force.
  1. 'I was also able to make contact with spiritual entities personal to me, even explore some past life stuff a bit.'
  2. 'A true Christian is a person who has come into living fellowship and communion with the Lord Jesus as a personal Saviour.'
  3. 'Goethe's Faust reminds us forever that the devil is personal, not impersonal.'


An advertisement or message in the personal column of a newspaper.
  1. 'They might not have been expecting a review so much as the more traditional coded message in the personals section of the Seattle Times.'
  2. 'The two businesses still attract more total visitors, thanks to their broad offerings of games, music, personals, and much more.'
  3. 'It's not because he met me, he assures me, but because of the ‘stigma’ attached to Internet personals.'
  4. 'Or if you were going to advertise in a newspaper, do it in the personals section.'
  5. 'Because of an incorrect personals advertisement, a Shanghai man identified as Ying recently had a difficult time with his wife.'
  6. 'Newspapers, used to fielding personals, are finding their business diminished by online dating services.'
  7. 'Further legitimation for this reading could be seen in Jim's response to Roberta's advertisement to Susan in the personals.'
  8. 'You know the drill: we look for the creepiest, sleaziest ads in the Leader newspaper personals and you kiddies get to vote for the worst one.'
  9. 'If the client acquired them independently through the personals, they can post on the various online message boards about their experience.'
  10. 'The following is a typical advert from the personals column of the London Review of Books.'


1. of, relating to, or coming as from a particular person; individual; private: a personal opinion.

2. relating to, directed to, or intended for a particular person: a personal favor; one's personal life; a letter marked “Personal.”.

3. intended for use by one person: a personal car.

4. referring or directed to a particular person in a disparaging or offensive sense or manner, usually involving character, behavior, appearance, etc.: personal remarks.

5. making personal re

More examples(as adjective)

"pages can be personal for people."

"notes can be personal to people."

"angers can be personal at people."

"tastes can be personal in traditions."

"spirits can be personal as people."

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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin personalis ‘of a person’, from persona (see person).