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Definition of "objective" []

  • Of or having to do with a material object. (adjective)
  • Having actual existence or reality. (adjective)
  • Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices: an objective critic. See Synonyms at fair1. (adjective)
  • Based on observable phenomena; presented factually: an objective appraisal. (adjective)
  • Medicine Indicating a symptom or condition perceived as a sign of disease by someone other than the person affected. (adjective)
  • Existing independently of perception or an individual's conceptions (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Undistorted by emotion or personal bias (adjective)
  • Of or relating to actual and external phenomena as opposed to thoughts, feelings, etc (adjective)
  • (of disease symptoms) perceptible to persons other than the individual affected (adjective)
  • Denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, esp in languages having only two cases, that is used to identify the direct object of a finite verb or preposition and for various other purposes. In English the objective case of pronouns is also used in many elliptical constructions (as in Poor me! Who, him?), as the subject of a gerund (as in It was me helping him), informally as a predicate complement (as in It's me), and in nonstandard use as part of a compound subject (as in John, Larry, and me went fishing) (adjective)
  • Of, or relating to a goal or aim (adjective)
  • The object of one's endeavours; goal; aim (noun)
  • A place or position towards which forces are directed (noun)
  • An actual phenomenon; reality (noun)
  • The objective case (noun)
  • A word or speech element in the objective case (noun)
  • The lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument (noun)
  • The lens or combination of lenses forming the image in a camera or projector (noun)

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Use "objective" in a sentence
  • "Yet he insisted, on the contrary, that values are objective, even going so far as to label his position ˜objective pluralism™."
  • "VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'New poll reflects growing U.S. worry over Iraq'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = '56 percent in the poll said the United States was not its objective in Iraq -- what ever the hell the \'objective\' is?? '"
  • "The outer or objective process, however, shows in animals strongly controlled by instinct, as insects for instance, a preponderance of the ganglion -- _i. e., subjective_ nervous system over the _objective_ or cerebral system."