a legal action brought for compensation for the loss of something from the person responsible, rather than an action to get the thing back
This personal action seeks only to recover damages for the injury caused to my client's property.
a legal action brought to force a person to do something that they have promised to do
Any action taken by Seller against Tenant related to Delinquent Rents shall be a personal action against Tenant and shall not affect the Lease.
a legal action in contract or in tort
The judgment arises out of a personal action against the defendant.