Essential Meaning of subjective
1 philosophy : relating to the way a person experiences things in his or her own mind subjective reality Dreaming is a subjective experience. a person's subjective perception of the world
2 : based on feelings or opinions rather than facts a subjective judgment/decision Personal taste in clothing is very subjective. See More ExamplesIn reviewing applicants, we consider both objective criteria, such as test scores, and subjective criteria, such as leadership ability. Law can be maddeningly subjective. So much is left up to your own interpretation.
3 grammar : relating to nouns, noun phrases, or pronouns that are the subjects of verbs The pronoun "we" is in the subjective [=nominative] case in the sentence "We saw her."
Full Definition of subjective
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : of, relating to, or constituting a subject: such as
a obsolete : of, relating to, or characteristic of one that is a subject especially in lack of freedom of action or in submissiveness
b : being or relating to a grammatical subject especially : nominative
2 : of or relating to the essential being of that which has substance, qualities, attributes, or relations
b : relating to or being experience or knowledge as conditioned by personal mental characteristics or states
b : arising from conditions within the brain or sense organs and not directly caused by external stimuli subjective sensations
c : arising out of or identified by means of one's perception of one's own states and processes a subjective symptom of disease — compare objective sense 2c
5 : lacking in reality or substance : illusory
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