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Definition of subjectivity

: the quality, state, or nature of being subjective Any attempt to link landscapes and music together can suffer from some measure of subjectivity.— David J. Keeling He thinks that scientists and philosophers have unjustly neglected the subjectivity of conscious experience and that this has made it harder for them to explain some of the workings of the mind.— Anthony Gottlieb

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Recent Examples on the Web For many years now, societies have been living with moral relativism, which asserts the essential subjectivity of all value systems. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The exhibition is divided between two of the gallery’s rooms, and the smaller space holds the most intimate works, in which Evans reaps the greatest dividends from her new interest in subjectivity. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2022 But the subjectivity of experience is qualitatively different. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Jan. 2022 Its survival, like the survival of certain memories while others vanish, was likewise a kind of subjectivity. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 The reaction surrounding Morbius has left me somewhat disillusioned by the notions of subjectivity and giving films their fair shot. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Apr. 2022 Over at the Cider House kitchen in the U.K., guest subjectivity was on display in full force. Amy Drew Thompson,, 18 Mar. 2022 But subjectivity is hard to expunge even in physics, the foundation on which science rests. John Horgan, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2022 What interests me is how subjectivity changes, how those buttons and rocks that fastened us—to repeat your great word—to the world, lose their hold on us. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of subjectivity

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Subjectivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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sub·​jec·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌsəb-jek-ˈtiv-ət-ē How to pronounce subjectivity (audio) \
plural subjectivities

Medical Definition of subjectivity

1 : subjective character, quality, state, or nature
2 : the personal qualities of an investigator that affect the outcome of scientific or medical research (as by unconsciously communicating a bias to the subject of the experiment)

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