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personal

adjective
 
 
/ˈpɜːsənəl/
belonging to a single or particular person rather than to a group or an organization: The rising levels of personal debt are already a considerable problem for the economy. There is always some personal risk involved in purchase decisions.
intended for a single or particular person rather than for a group or an organization: He didn't earn enough to qualify for a personal loan.
acting as a single or particular person rather than a group or an organization: The company designs and operates schemes for personal customers such as credit insurance.
connected with someone's private life, rather than their job: She has resigned from the board for personal reasons. The law allows the government access to the personal affairs of many people. Only you, or someone you authorize, should provide your personal information to others. The fear is that the collection of so much personal data by one firm could expose it to theft.
(Definition of personal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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