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objective  (əbˈdʒɛktɪv



  1. existing independently of perception or an individual's conceptions   ⇒ are there objective moral values?
  2. undistorted by emotion or personal bias
  3. of or relating to actual and external phenomena as opposed to thoughts, feelings, etc
  4. (medicine) (of disease symptoms) perceptible to persons other than the individual affected
  5. (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
  6. of, or relating to a goal or aim


  1. the object of one's endeavours; goal; aim
  2. Also called: objective point (military) a place or position towards which forces are directed
  3. an actual phenomenon; reality
  4. (grammar)
    1. the objective case
    2. a word or speech element in the objective case
  5. Also called: object glass (optics)
    1. the lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument
    2. the lens or combination of lenses forming the image in a camera or projector
obj Compare: subjective

Derived Forms

objectival  (ˌɒbdʒɛkˈtaɪvəl   adjective
obˈjectively  adverb
ˌobjecˈtivity, (rare) obˈjectiveness  noun

Translations for 'objective'

  • British English: objective Your objective is what you are trying to achieve.His objective was to win.əbˈdʒɛktɪv NOUN
  • Arabic: هَدَفٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: objetivo
  • Chinese: 目标
  • Croatian: cilj
  • Czech: cílsnažení
  • Danish: mål
  • Dutch: doeldoelstelling
  • European Spanish: objetivofinalidad
  • Finnish: tavoite
  • French: objectif
  • German: Ziel
  • Greek: στόχοςσκοπός
  • Italian: obiettivo
  • Japanese: 目的
  • Korean: 목적
  • Norwegian: målsetning
  • Polish: obiektywny obiektywna
  • Portuguese: objetivo
  • Romanian: obiectiv obiective
  • Russian: задача
  • Spanish: objetivo
  • Swedish: mål
  • Thai: เป้าหมาย
  • Turkish: amaç
  • Ukrainian: мета
  • Vietnamese: mục tiêu

Example Sentences Including 'objective'

Listening to Bruce's clear, objective exposés of these complicated situations was always a joy.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
Ricordi wasn't the kind of man to waste time on simple game-playing: he had to have some serious objective in view.
West, Charles Stage Fright
Here in France, the precautions, it seemed, were more fun than the objective.
Hilton, John Buxton Moondrop to Murder


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