1610–20; < Medieval Latin objectīvus, equivalent to Latin object(us) (see object) + -īvus -ive (Source: dictionary.com)
Early 17th century from medieval Latin objectivus, from objectum (see object). (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Objective
something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal; target:
Grammar. Also called objective case. (in English and some other languages) a case specialized for the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition, as him in The boy hit him, or me in He comes to me with his troubles. a word in that case.
Also called object glass, object lens, objective lens. Optics. (in a telescope, microscope, camera, or other optical system) the lens or combination of lenses that first receives the rays from the object and forms the image in the focal plane of the eyepiece, as in a microscope, or on a plate or screen, as in a camera.
the object of one's endeavours; goal; aim
Also called: objective point military a place or position towards which forces are directed
an actual phenomenon; reality
grammar the objective case a word or speech element in the objective case
Also called: object glass optics the lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument the lens or combination of lenses forming the image in a camera or projector
being the object or goal of one's efforts or actions.
not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased:
intent upon or dealing with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
being the object of perception or thought; belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject (opposed to subjective).
of or relating to something that can be known, or to something that is an object or a part of an object; existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality.
Grammar. pertaining to the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition. (in English and some other languages) noting the objective case. similar to such a case in meaning. (in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that denotes something undergoing a change of state or bearing a neutral relation to the verb, as the rock in The rock moved or in The child threw the rock.
being part of or pertaining to an object to be drawn:
Medicine/Medical. (of a symptom) discernible to others as well as the patient.
existing independently of perception or an individual's conceptionsare there objective moral values?
undistorted by emotion or personal bias
of or relating to actual and external phenomena as opposed to thoughts, feelings, etc
med (of disease symptoms) perceptible to persons other than the individual affected
grammar denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, esp in languages having only two cases, that is used to identify the direct object of a finite verb or preposition and for various other purposes. In English the objective case of pronouns is also used in many elliptical constructions (as in Poor me! Who, him?), as the subject of a gerund (as in It was me helping him), informally as a predicate complement (as in It's me), and in nonstandard use as part of a compound subject (as in John, Larry, and me went fishing)See also accusative
of, or relating to a goal or aim
The lens or lenses in the lower end of a microscope or other optical instrument that first receives light rays from the object being examined and forms its image.
Based on observable phenomena; presented factually.
Indicating a symptom or condition perceived as a sign of disease by someone other than the person affected.
(of a person or their judgement) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
Relating to or denoting a case of nouns and pronouns serving as the object of a transitive verb or a preposition.
A thing aimed at or sought; a goal.
The objective case.
The lens in a telescope or microscope nearest to the object observed.
: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations objective art an objective history of the war an objective judgment
: 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 objective reality … our reveries … are significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective world.— Marvin Reznikoff — compare subjective sense 3a
: involving or deriving from sense perception or experience with actual objects, conditions, or phenomena objective awareness objective data
: perceptible to persons other than the affected individual objective arthritis — compare 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."
: something toward which effort is directed : an aim, goal, or end of action
: a strategic position to be attained or a purpose to be achieved by a military operation
: a lens or system of lenses that forms an image of an object
Example sentences for Objective
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.
Certainly that was the objective of the attack: The school is a private one run by the army for the children of soldiers.
Carles told me that MormonThink strives to be objective and impartial.
That was really the objective of the first season, especially.
Soon it became clear that establishing a Caliphate was their objective.
The second step is the induction of the child into the objective forms of worship established in some positive religion.
The soul in the masculine body is for the time being getting experiences of the outer, objective activities.
Thus has education ceased to be an objective standard, created by one age and handed down rigidly immobile to the ages succeeding.
The second factor of "objective equivalence" is even more questionable than the first.
It is the subjective view as opposed to the objective views of the critics.