objectivity

noun

ob·​jec·​tiv·​i·​ty ˌäb-ˌjek-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce objectivity (audio)
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: the quality or character of being objective : lack of favoritism toward one side or another : freedom from bias
Many people questioned the selection committee's objectivity.
It can be difficult for parents to maintain objectivity about their children's accomplishments.
Many critics disputed the objectivity and reliability of his field observations, foreshadowing current anthropological concerns about the ability of any fieldworker to rise above personal preconceptions and impartially describe another culture.Bruce Bower
In journalistic circles, there was a good deal of hand-wringing that the bonds forged between reporters and soldiers could threaten objectivity.Mark Jurkowitz

Examples of objectivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the objectivity of journalists was more important than either side of the divide, and there is one. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2024 But when speaking about the film, Sora maintains a studied objectivity that focuses more on the process of making it than the feelings behind it — much less about his father in general. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 15 Mar. 2024 What Fauci and Collins did, however, amounted to scientific censorship and constituted a serious breach in scientific ethics: Scientists must maintain their objectivity in the search for the truth. Cory Franklin, Twin Cities, 9 Jan. 2024 Unlike the New York Times, which concealed its ideological convictions under a suit-and-tie façade of objectivity, the Voice was resolutely committed to impassioned advocacy — the more expansively personal, the better. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities: Candidates are tested on their understanding of ethical practices in auditing, including independence and objectivity. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 2 Feb. 2024 Many people will tell you — or scream at you — that objectivity is a myth and journalists are just partisan hacks trying to advance their own agenda. Sebastian Junger, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Republicans have said that those remarks call into question her objectivity. Ernesto Londoño, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 The film was shot with 10 cameras concealed in locations across the house, and no crew on set, to create a sense of neutral objectivity in its storytelling. Armani Syed, TIME, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

objective entry 1 + -ity

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of objectivity was in 1803

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“Objectivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectivity. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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