Definitions for objectiveəbˈdʒɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•jec•tiveəbˈdʒɛk tɪv(n.)

  1. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal.

  2. the objective case in grammar. a word or other form in the objective case.

    Category: Grammar

  3. the lens or combination of lenses that first receives the rays from an observed object, forming its image in an optical device, as a microscope or camera.

    Category: Optics

  4. (adj.)not influenced by personal feelings or prejudice; unbiased:

    an objective opinion.

  5. being the object of perception or thought. belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject

    Ref: (opposed to subjective). 1

  6. of, pertaining to, or being a grammatical case that typically indicates the object of a transitive verb or a preposition . of or pertaining to the object of a sentence.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: (contrasted with subjective 7 1 )

  7. Med. discernible to others as well as the patient.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aim, object, objective, target(noun)

    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

    "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

  2. objective, objective lens, object lens, object glass(adj)

    the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed

  3. objective, nonsubjective(adj)

    undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena

    "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence"

  4. objective, accusative(adj)

    serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes

    "objective case"; "accusative endings"

  5. objective, documentary(adj)

    emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation

    "objective art"

  6. objective(adj)

    belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

    "objective benefits"; "an objective example"; "there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. objective(noun)əbˈdʒɛk tɪv

    a goal or aim

    to achieve an objective; The main/primary objective of the search is to find well-qualified employees.

  2. objective(adjective)əbˈdʒɛk tɪv

    ≠ subjective

    We try to make objective decisions.; A judge must always try to be objective.; I'm trying to discuss the issue objectively.; the lack of objectivity in the media's reporting


  1. objective(Noun)

    A material object that physically exists.

  2. objective(Noun)

    A goal that is striven for.

  3. objective(Noun)

    The objective case; a noun or pronoun in that case.

  4. objective(Noun)

    The lens or lenses of a camera, microscope, or other optical device closest to the object being examined.

  5. objective(Adjective)

    of or relating to a material object, actual existence or reality

  6. objective(Adjective)

    agreed upon by all parties present (or nearly all); based on consensually observed facts

  7. objective(Adjective)

    not influenced by irrational emotions or prejudices

  8. objective(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a noun or pronoun used as the object of a verb

Webster Dictionary

  1. Objective(adj)

    of or pertaining to an object

  2. Objective(adj)

    of or pertaining to an object; contained in, or having the nature or position of, an object; outward; external; extrinsic; -- an epithet applied to whatever ir exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of thought or feeling, and opposed to subjective

  3. Objective(adj)

    pertaining to, or designating, the case which follows a transitive verb or a preposition, being that case in which the direct object of the verb is placed. See Accusative, n

  4. Objective(noun)

    the objective case

  5. Objective(noun)

    an object glass. See under Object, n

  6. Objective(noun)

    same as Objective point, under Objective, a


  1. Objective

    In an optical instrument, the objective is the optical element that gathers light from the object being observed and focuses the light rays to produce a real image. Objectives can be single lenses or mirrors, or combinations of several optical elements. They are used in microscopes, telescopes, cameras, slide projectors, CD players and many other optical instruments. Objectives are also called object lenses, object glasses, or objective glasses.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Objective

    a philosophical term used to denote that which is true universally apart from all merely private sense or judgment, and finds response in the universal reason, the reason that is common to all rational beings; it is opposed to subjective, or agreeable to one's mere feelings or fancy.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. objective

    1. The clearly defined, decisive, and attainable goal toward which every operation is directed. 2. The specific target of the action taken (for example, a definite terrain feature, the seizure or holding of which is essential to the commander

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'objective' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3459

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'objective' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2668

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'objective' in Nouns Frequency: #646

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'objective' in Adjectives Frequency: #695

Translations for objective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not influenced by personal opinions etc

He tried to take an objective view of the situation.

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