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PERSONALITY. An abstract of personal; as, the action is in the personalty, that is, it is brought against a person for a personal duty which he owes. It also signifies what belongs to the person; as, personal property.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Hysterical personality and lack of protection from the family members is a common ground; also a fear for the maintenance of health and the recurrence of a future injury existed in both patients.
Fiona Neale, for the defence, told the GMC that Patient A had a psychiatric history as a young woman, including a diagnosis of hysterical personality disorder.
But the court admonished Father Brown after hearing how Maria had a hysterical personality and had accused one of her babysitters and a hospital doctor of child abuse.