Definition of objective adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈdʒektɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈdʒektɪv//
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  1. 1  not influenced by personal feelings or opinions; considering only facts synonym unbiased an objective analysis/assessment/report objective criteria I find it difficult to be objective where he's concerned. These figures give a reliable and objective indicator of changing trends in people's lifestyles. opposite subjective
  2. 2(philosophy) existing outside the mind; based on facts that can be proved objective reality opposite subjective
  3. 3 [only before noun] (grammar) the objective case is the one which is used for the object of a sentence
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from medieval Latin objectivus, from objectum ‘thing presented to the mind’, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of Latin obicere, from ob- ‘in the way of’ + jacere ‘to throw’.Extra examples In the 19th century, scientists began to adopt a much more objective approach to their subject. It’s hard for parents to be objective about their own children. There’s little objective evidence to suggest that he is guilty. These figures give a reliable and objective indicator of changing trend in people’s lifestyles. We need to have an independent and objective assessment of the candidate’s abilities.
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