In reviewing applicants, we consider both objective criteria, such as test scores, and subjective criteria, such as leadership ability.
Law can be maddeningly subjective. So much is left up to your own interpretation.
Art is never a commodity. Commodities are identical units of sure value—bushels of wheat, say—whose price fluctuates from time to time and place to place. Art works are one-of-a-kind … items, materially worthless, which have in common that a price is asked for them. Their value is entirely subjective. —Peter Schjedlahl, New Yorker, 16 Feb. 2009
Our perception of loudness is subjective, but sound has an intensity, independent of our hearing, that is measured in decibels (dB). —Jennifer Barone, Discover, July/August 2009
Science is the study of facts—things that are measurable, testable, repeatable, verifiable. I won't bore you with the inevitable discussion of objective reality and how it's ultimately unknowable because we filter it through our individual subjective realities, I'll cut directly to the chase. Science is about the stuff we can agree on. Rocks are hard, water is wet. —David Gerrold, Fantasy & Science Fiction, September 2005
Besides, I am not doing this for the anthropology. My aim is nothing so mistily subjective as to “experience poverty” or find out how it “really feels” to be a long-term low-wage worker. —Barbara Ehrenreich, Harper's, January 1999
: based mainly on opinions or feelings rather than on facts <a subjective report>
Medical Definition of SUBJECTIVE
a: relating to or determined by the mind as the subject of experience <subjective reality>b: characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind c: relating to or being experience or knowledge as conditioned by personal mental characteristics or states
a: arising from conditions within the brain or sense organs and not directly caused by external stimuli <subjective sensations>b: arising out of or identified by means of one's perception of one's own states and processes and not observable by an examiner <a subjective symptom of disease><caused objective or subjective clinical improvement or both—Journal of the American Medical Association>—compare objective 2