: 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 Reznikoff
aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing.
her aim was to raise film to an art form
end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such.
willing to use any means to achieve his end
object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need.
his constant object was the achievement of pleasure
objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable.
their objective is to seize the oil fields
goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship.
worked years to reach her goals
AdjectiveFor 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. 2006I'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 NounThe first objective of the low-intensity war was to "bleed" India so that it would cut its losses and quit. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Prospect, June 2003The 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 1999The 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web
This way of writing, which seems to bring me closer to the truth, relieves me of the dark, heavy burden of personal remembrance by establishing a more objective approach.
Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 But for Nwobodo, who might offer a more objective view of the league as someone who's new to it, Cincinnati as currently constituted was already close to on-par with Philadelphia.The Enquirer, 28 Oct. 2022 Left-leaning media outlets have decided to take a more objective approach to covering the electrical grid issues plaguing California after slamming Texas following last year’s winter storm that caused blackouts across the state.
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Seth D. Kaplan, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 Does your target market engage in pieces with more objective research?
Aaron Agius, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Sometimes my frustration with these lists — it’s not so much about the lists as the conversation around the lists, talking about these things like there’s some objective truth to it.
Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 30 Sep. 2022 Peskov said the Kremlin did not believe an investigation that did not involve Russia could be objective.
Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 6 Oct. 2022 Ample scientific evidence demonstrates that the interests of funders influence academic findings, even when researchers strive to be objective.
Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2022
One objective was meeting with Brooklyn owner Joe Tsai and his wife Clara.
Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 But in the ocean, as the surf smacked their faces and the salt spray stung their eyes, there was only one objective: riding the momentum of the next wave.
Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2022 One explicit objective of the Artemis program is to land the first woman and person of color on the moon.
Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2022 Whether Aptos is able to meet this objective will have plenty to do with the programming language underpinning its chain, called Move, which was developed from scratch to power the Diem blockchain.WIRED, 27 Oct. 2022 When managers finally started to take an interest, this particular objective was laughed off.
Jessica Shalvoy, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 This federal objective has shifted through changes in the Oval Office.
Rebecca Schneid, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 This objective was confirmed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court only a month later.
Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2022 If the primary objective is growth from game to game, then the two areas where Xavier's men's basketball team needs to improve on Friday night when the Montana Grizzlies visit Cintas Center are turnovers and playing a full 40 minutes.
Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 11 Nov. 2022 See More
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borrowed from Medieval Latin objectīvus "considered in relation to its purpose, relating to an object of thought," from objectum "something presented to the mind, goal, aim" + Latin -īvus-ive — more at object entry 1
in sense 1 probably short for objective point "goal of a military operation"; in sense 2 noun derivative of objective, adjective, "nearest the object (of the parts of a lens in a telescope, microscope, etc.)," probably borrowed from French (in verre objectif "lens nearest the object") — more at objective entry 1