What is meant by the term person or personality in law?

The word ‘person’ is derived from the Latin word ‘persona’. Many definitions of person have been given by various writers. According to Gray, a person is “an entity to which rights and duties may be attributed.” It means not only human beings but also associations as well. ‘Personality’, on the other hand, is a very vague and wide term and it has a variety of meanings. According to Paton, a legal personality is a particular device by which law creates units to which it ascribes certain powers. It is merely a convenient juristic device by which the problem of organizing rights and duties are carried out.


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