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personal

adjective  /ˈpɜr·sə·nəl/ us  
relating or belonging to a single or particular person: I think you have a personal responsibility to know when to stop. That’s my personal opinion. He was given one hour to pack his personal belongings and leave. Personal is also used to refer to your body: Students are taught about personal hygiene. A personal action is one that is done by someone directly rather than by someone else: The governor made a personal appearance at the hospital. Personal also means private or relating to someone’s private life: Simon’s songs are intensely personal. He’s got problems in his personal life. Personal also refers to an intentionally offensive or critical remark about someone’s character or appearance: There’s no need to get personal.
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