ob·​jec·​tive·​ly əb-ˈjek-tiv-lē How to pronounce objectively (audio)
: in an objective rather than subjective or biased way : with a basis in observable facts rather than feelings or opinions
The author does not attempt to seek scapegoats but rather artfully and objectively articulates one of the ills in America's cities and communities, an ill which has inevitably resulted in the racial polarization of our country.Lois Mark Stalvey
They are tasked with the responsibility to vet all alternatives and objectively present their findings to the public.Robert F. Walsh
Justice Antonin Scalia explained in his opinion for a unanimous Court that past cases never held that an officer's motive invalidates objectively justifiable conduct under the Fourth Amendment.Tracey Maclin
Any good politician learns not to go around predicting outcomes that are objectively unlikely …Nicholas Lemann

Examples of objectively in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why does objectively correct dishwashing advice not impress so many of us? Mari-Jane Williams, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Desperately Seeking Affirmation My job is objectively interesting and the kind that a lot of people would love to have (think: Hollywood or NASA). Roxane Gay, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 Typically, the Sexiest Man is an objectively attractive man over 30, someone with mass appeal, and a person whose career warrants special attention — whether that means starring in Marvel movies, being a judge on The Voice, or being a different judge on The Voice. Vulture, 7 Nov. 2023 Here was an objectively good-looking man — funny too, of course, as well as sarcastic, silly, smart — saddled with a wildly disproportionate sense of his own inadequacy. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 By setting expectations for prices so low with its pizza and hot dogs, will consumers balk at paying an objectively reasonable price for its new sandwich and salad? Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2023 Paris is objectively beautiful, a Schnauzer mix who, with her beard trimmed, looks a little wolfish. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, 17 Oct. 2023 Jim Gaffigan on horrible kids' movies The comedian says that the sacrifices parents typically make for their offspring pale in comparison to buying tickets and sitting through objectively bad movies geared towards children. David Morgan, CBS News, 5 Oct. 2023 Our research team wanted to find specific changes in brain activity that could serve as a biomarker that objectively measures how well deep brain stimulation is helping patients with depression. Christopher Rozell, Discover Magazine, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of objectively was circa 1617

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“Objectively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectively. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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