adjective ob·jec·tive \əb-ˈjek-tiv, äb-\

: based on facts rather than feelings or opinions : not influenced by feelings

philosophy : existing outside of the mind : existing in the real world

grammar : relating to nouns, noun phrases, or pronouns that are the objects of verbs or prepositions

Full Definition of OBJECTIVE

a :  relating to or existing as an object of thought without consideration of independent existence —used chiefly in medieval philosophy
b :  of, relating to, or being an object, phenomenon, or condition in the realm of sensible experience independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers :  having reality independent of the mind <objective reality> <our reveries … are significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective world — Marvin Reznikoff> — compare subjective 3a
c of a symptom of disease :  perceptible to persons other than the affected individual — compare subjective 4c
d :  involving or deriving from sense perception or experience with actual objects, conditions, or phenomena <objective awareness> <objective data>
:  relating to, characteristic of, or constituting the case of words that follow prepositions or transitive verbs
a :  expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations <objective art> <an objective history of the war> <an objective judgment>
b of a test :  limited to choices of fixed alternatives and reducing subjective factors to a minimum
ob·jec·tive·ly adverb
ob·jec·tive·ness noun
ob·jec·tiv·i·ty \ˌäb-ˌjek-ˈti-və-tē, əb-\ noun

Examples of OBJECTIVE

  1. We need someone outside the company to give us an objective analysis.
  2. <an objective assessment based solely upon the results of the experiment>
  3. For no matter how objective Server tries to appear in detailing the highs and lows of her 67 years—the three marriages, the numerous affairs, the binges, the nightlong cruising of low-life byways and bordellos, the mainly poor movies she was in—he cannot really hide his essential fondness for her. —Peter Bogdanovich, New York Times Book Review, 23 Apr. 2006

First Known Use of OBJECTIVE



noun ob·jec·tive \əb-ˈjek-tiv, äb-\

: something you are trying to do or achieve : a goal or purpose

Full Definition of OBJECTIVE

:  a lens or system of lenses that forms an image of an object
a :  something toward which effort is directed :  an aim, goal, or end of action
b :  a strategic position to be attained or a purpose to be achieved by a military operation

Examples of OBJECTIVE

  1. The main objective of the class is to teach basic typing skills.
  2. She's expanding the business with the objective of improving efficiency.
  3. We've set specific objectives for each day.
  4. The first objective of the low-intensity war was to bleed India so that it would cut its losses and quit. —Pervez Hoodbhoy, Prospect, June 2003

First Known Use of OBJECTIVE

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