Definition of objective in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛktɪv/


1(Of a person or their judgement) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts: historians try to be objective and impartial Contrasted with subjective.
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  • This is anti - foundationalism, where the foundations were the hard facts of objective judgement and absolute truth.
  • Second, I am stating my opinions and hopefully I am more objective than judgemental.
  • I was determined to remain a disinterested, objective observer in order to respond to student questions or problems.
1.1Not dependent on the mind for existence; actual: a matter of objective fact
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  • No, I'm saying there is no ultimate reality, no objective existence, no ontology at all.
  • The operational definitions that we adopt here are: Real objects are any objects that have an actual objective existence.
  • Controversial, yes, but I'm saying those physical laws don't have an objective existence, they're categories we apply to experiences.
factual, actual, real, empirical, verifiable, existing, manifest
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.


1A thing aimed at or sought; a goal: the system has achieved its objective
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  • It is a mechanism through which societies seek to achieve political objectives.
  • To help us achieve our objective of scoring goals, we have brought in Prince Nkosi.
  • It is possible to set learning objectives and plan activities that the teacher hopes will achieve the objective, but the outcome will be different for different students.
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.



Pronunciation: /əbˈdʒɛktɪvnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • 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
Example sentences
  • 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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