Definition of objective in English:


Line breaks: ob¦ject|ive
Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛktɪv


  • 2 [attributive] Grammar Relating to or denoting a case of nouns and pronouns serving as the object of a transitive verb or a preposition.
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    • Two prepositions should not govern one objective unless there is an immediate connection between them.


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  • 2 (the objective) Grammar The objective case.
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    • The root with the added o is the nominative, the objective adds an n after the o.
    • The objective normally begins with a simple conventional declarative sentence known as the "kernel" which is then transformed into a complex structure to satisfy the objective by adding or rearranging transformational sentence components.
  • 3 (also objective lens) The lens in a telescope or microscope nearest to the object observed: examine with high power objective
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    • This shaped beam profile is imaged through the telescope system onto the back focal plane of the microscope objective.
    • He had introduced a field lens, a third lens between the objective lens and the eye-piece, which served to increase the field of view.
    • Laser power before entering the microscope objective was 120 W and the wavelength was 495 nm for all experiments shown.



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  • The Tribunal accepts that it was fairly and objectively carried out.
  • It is difficult to think creatively and be able to consider someone else's point of view objectively.
  • If you were to look at it objectively and study the game beforehand, player for player, you'd have said we've no chance.
impartially, with objectivity, without bias, without prejudice, with impartiality, disinterestedly, even-handedly, with detachment, dispassionately, detachedly, equitably, fairly, justly, open-mindedly, with an open mind, without fear or favour, neutrally


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  • It seems to me that, although the point he makes about the objectiveness of the academic approach to training, I think there are many points he makes that are wise.
  • They were also selected because I know a little about their lives, and therefore can make better judgements on the objectiveness of their interviews.
  • Much like respect, the qualities of impartiality and objectiveness must be earned rather than demanded.


Pronunciation: /əbˌdʒɛktɪvʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also objectivisation) noun
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  • I'm concerned about a nonhuman objectivisation taking place where what's in my house is determined not by my use, but how the things were manufactured and named.
  • Contrary to Habermas, we should take the objectivisation of the genome fully on board.
  • So with the objectivization of law, the extracting of it from any natural, religious or even societally relevant background, law can become an object of major change and creation.


Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛktɪvʌɪz/
(also objectivise) verb
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  • While the former cannot be thematized and must remain an ever receding background, the latter can be thematized and objectivised partially.
  • This tendency leads to an ‘objectivizing’ or an absolutizing of the language and the cultural elements through which the truth was given expression.
  • For we risk objectivizing what is essentially an internal set of experiences and excluding the necessary presence of the experiencer.


early 17th century: from medieval Latin objectivus, from objectum (see object).

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