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objective1 of 2
: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations
an objective history of the war
an objective judgment
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.
: 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
… our reveries … are significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective world.—Marvin Reznikoffcompare subjective sense 3a
: involving or deriving from sense perception or experience with actual objects, conditions, or phenomena
of a symptom of disease : perceptible to persons other than the affected individual
objective arthritiscompare subjective sense 4c
: relating to or existing as an object of thought without consideration of independent existence —used chiefly in medieval philosophy
: 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."
Adjective For no matter how objective Server tries to appear in detailing the highs and lows of her 67 years—the three marriages, the numerous affairs, the binges, the nightlong cruising of low-life byways and bordellos, the mainly poor movies she was in—he cannot really hide his essential fondness for her. —Peter Bogdanovich, New York Times Book Review, 23 Apr. 2006 I'm not going to read the history about it while I'm alive because I don't trust short-term history. Most historians wouldn't have voted for me, so I don't think they can write an objective history. —George W. Bush, quoted in Time, 6 Sept. 2004 "I'm not really a Hollywood person," said Mr. [Clint] Eastwood, who lives mostly in Carmel. "Not that I don't like L.A., but I'm just a Northern California guy. And it's very hard to be objective about what you're doing in a town that's all consumed by the entertainment business." —Bernard Weinraub, New York Times, 6 Aug. 1992 We need someone outside the company to give us an objective analysis. an objective assessment based solely upon the results of the experiment Noun The first objective of the low-intensity war was to "bleed" India so that it would cut its losses and quit. —Pervez Hoodbhoy, Prospect, June 2003 The Orange Plan assumed an early Japanese capture of the Philippines, and made relief of the Philippines the main U.S. objective. —David M. Kennedy, Atlantic, March 1999 The President had largely stuck to his publicly stated goals—though the objective of smashing Iraq's military machine hadn't been so clear. —Elizabeth Drew, New Yorker, 6 May 1991 … their primary objective is not the enrollment of new voters but changing the party affiliation of old voters … —Lawrence King, Commonweal, 9 Oct. 1970 The main objective of the class is to teach basic typing skills. She's expanding the business with the objective of improving efficiency. We've set specific objectives for each day. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
AdjectiveImmanuel Kant’s famous dictum located moral reasoning in an objective reality, as universally perceptible and discoverable, in principle at least, as the stars in the sky. —Gerard Baker, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2023 The first work was never trying to be a picture of objective reality. —Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2023 The three-part article, the last of which was released just before CES 2023, provides an objective analysis of use cases that can leverage autonomy - in off-public-road areas (mining, logistics yards), highway trucking and last-mile delivery. —Sabbir Rangwala, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2023 Not that Peltz makes this objective analysis of his track record easy. —Steven Tian, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2023 To judge them as pictures of some objective external reality is to misunderstand their purpose. —Mark Edmundson, Harper’s Magazine , 12 Dec. 2022 Facing the seemingly bottomless resources of a massive totalitarian state, here were two young people working for free on a Wednesday night, quietly insisting on the notion that there is indeed such a thing as objective reality. —Ben Rhodes, The Atlantic, 7 Nov. 2022 Sorting objective facts from biased reportage can be a frustrating task, especially given that such men grew up in cultures that constantly reinforced their superiority over women. —Rachel Ashcroft, Longreads, 17 Sep. 2022 In a January court filing, James accused Trump of misstating objective facts, overstating his liquidity, and failing to use fundamental techniques of asset valuation. —Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2022
NounWhat else will the crew be up to this season? For Noah, who loves love, love is the goal, and finding his person is the objective. —Yolanda Machado, EW.com, 28 Feb. 2023 The clarity of the coffee flavor was the sole objective. —Sam Alden, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 Not creating offense is another diplomatic objective, and not only for professional diplomats. —Nicholas Ivor Martin And Jacobina Martin, oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2023 Not creating offense is another diplomatic objective, and not only for professional diplomats. —Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2023 Players who endured the losing seasons welcomed having that be the stated objective as camp began. —Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 18 Feb. 2023 The Apennines tallest peak, the Corno Grande, looms large and is the objective of many hikers and climbers. —Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2023 But relative to the final outcome, which wasn't the primary objective on the day, Noonan wasn't thrilled. —The Enquirer, 10 Feb. 2023 Indeed, in Microsoft’s case, burning cash to hurt rivals seems to be the current objective. —James Vincent, The Verge, 9 Feb. 2023 See More
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