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Meaning of OBJECTIVE

Pronunciation:  ub'jektiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the lens or system of lenses nearest the object being viewed
  2. [n]  the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
  3. [adj]  belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events; "concrete benefits"; "a concrete example"; "there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind"
  4. [adj]  undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena; "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence"
  5. [adj]  emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings or interpretation; "objective art"
  6. [adj]  (grammar) serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes; "objective case"; "accusative endings"

OBJECTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: accusative, aim, clinical, concrete, impersonal, neutral, nonsubjective, object, object glass, representational, target, verifiable
 Antonyms: subjective
 See Also: business, compound microscope, end, goal, lens, lens system, optical telescope, point, thing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ob*jec"tive\, a. [Cf.F. objectif.]
    1. Of or pertaining to an object.
    2. (Metaph.) Of or pertaining to an object; contained in, or
       having the nature or position of, an object; outward;
       external; extrinsic; -- an epithet applied to whatever ir
       exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of
       thought or feeling, and opposed to {subjective}.
             In the Middle Ages, subject meant substance, and has
             this sense in Descartes and Spinoza: sometimes,
             also, in Reid. Subjective is used by William of
             Occam to denote that which exists independent of
             mind; objective, what is formed by the mind. This
             shows what is meant by realitas objectiva in
             Descartes. Kant and Fichte have inverted the
             meanings. Subject, with them, is the mind which
             knows; object, that which is known; subjective, the
             varying conditions of the knowing mind; objective,
             that which is in the constant nature of the thing
             known.                                --Trendelenburg.
             Objective means that which belongs to, or proceeds
             from, the object known, and not from the subject
             knowing, and thus denotes what is real, in
             opposition to that which is ideal -- what exists in
             nature, in contrast to what exists merely in the
             thought of the individual.            --Sir. W.
             Objective has come to mean that which has
             independent exostence or authority, apart from our
             experience or thought. Thus, moral law is said to
             have objective authority, that is, authority
             belonging to itself, and not drawn from anything in
             our nature.                           --Calderwood
    3. (Gram.) Pertaining to, or designating, the case which
       follows a transitive verb or a preposition, being that
       case in which the direct object of the verb is placed. See
       {Accusative}, n.
    Note: The objective case is frequently used without a
          governing word, esp. in designations of time or space,
          where a preposition, as at, in, on, etc., may be
                My troublous dream [on] this night make me sad.
                To write of victories [in or for] next year.
    {Objective line} (Perspective), a line drawn on the
       geometrical plane which is represented or sought to be
    {Objective plane} (Perspective), any plane in the horizontal
       plane that is represented.
    {Objective point}, the point or result to which the
       operations of an army are directed. By extension, the
       point or purpose to which anything, as a journey or an
       argument, is directed.
    Syn: {Objective}, {Subjective}.
    Usage: Objective is applied to things exterior to the mind,
           and objects of its attention; subjective, to the
           operations of the mind itself. Hence, an objective
           motive is some outward thing awakening desire; a
           subjective motive is some internal feeling or
           propensity. Objective views are those governed by
           outward things; subjective views are produced or
           modified by internal feeling. Sir Walter Scott's
           poetry is chiefly objective; that of Wordsworth is
           eminently subjective.
                 In the philosophy of mind, subjective denotes
                 what is to be referred to the thinking subject,
                 the ego; objective what belongs to the object of
                 thought, the non-ego.             --Sir. W.
  2. \Ob*jec"tive\, n.
    1. (Gram.) The objective case.
    2. An object glass. See under {Object}, n.
    3. Same as {Objective point}, under {Objective}, a.
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