: relating to or existing as an object of thought without consideration of independent existence
—used chiefly in medieval philosophy
: 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
— compare subjective 3a
- … our reveries … are significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective world.
- —Marvin Reznikoff
of a symptom of disease
: perceptible to persons other than the affected individual — compare subjective 4c
: involving or deriving from sense perception or experience with actual objects, conditions, or phenomena
: relating to, characteristic of, or constituting the case of words that follow prepositions or transitive verbs
- The pronoun her is in the objective case in the sentence "I saw her."
: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations
- an objective history of the war
of a test
: limited to choices of fixed alternatives and reducing subjective factors to a minimum
- Each question on the objective test requires the selection of the correct answer from among several choices.