ob·​jec·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌäb-ˌjek-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce objectivity (audio) , əb- \

Definition of objectivity

: 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

First Known Use of objectivity

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Objectivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objectivity. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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