objectively

adverb
ob·​jec·​tive·​ly | \ əb-ˈjek-tiv-lē How to pronounce objectively (audio) , äb- \

Definition of objectively

: 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

First Known Use of objectively

circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for objectively

objective entry 1 + -ly entry 2

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“Objectively.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectively. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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