Definitions for subjectivesəbˈdʒɛk tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•jec•tivesəbˈdʒɛk tɪv(adj.)

  1. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought

    Category: Psychology

    Ref: (opposed to objective 7 2 ).

  2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal:

    a subjective evaluation.

  3. placing excessive emphasis on one's own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.

  4. Philos. relating to or of the nature of an object as it is known in the mind as distinct from a thing in itself.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. relating to properties or specific conditions of the mind as distinguished from general or universal experience.

  6. pertaining to the subject or substance in which attributes inhere; essential.

  7. of or designating a grammatical case that typically indicates the subject of a finite verb; nominative of or pertaining to the subject of a sentence.

    Category: Grammar

    Ref: (contrasted with objective 9 1 ).

  8. Obs. characteristic of a political subject; submissive.

Origin of subjective:

1400–50; < L subjectīvus



Princeton's WordNet

  1. subjective(adj)

    taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

    "a subjective judgment"

  2. immanent, subjective(adj)

    of a mental act performed entirely within the mind

    "a cognition is an immanent act of mind"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. subjective(adjective)əbˈdʒɛk tɪv

    ≠ objective

    a very subjective view of the situation; The results can only be evaluated subjectively.


  1. subjective(Adjective)

    Pertaining to subjects as opposed to objects (A subject is one who perceives or is aware; an object is the thing perceived or the thing that the subject is aware of.)

  2. subjective(Adjective)

    Formed, as in opinions, based upon a person's feelings or intuition, not upon observation or reasoning; coming more from within the observer than from observations of the external environment.

  3. subjective(Adjective)

    Resulting from or pertaining to personal mindsets or experience, arising from perceptive mental conditions within the brain and not necessarily from external stimuli.

  4. subjective(Adjective)

    Lacking in reality or substance.

  5. subjective(Adjective)

    As used by Carl Jung the innate worldview orientation of the introverted personality types.

  6. subjective(Adjective)

    Experienced by a person mentally and not directly verifiable by others

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subjective(adj)

    of or pertaining to a subject

  2. Subjective(adj)

    especially, pertaining to, or derived from, one's own consciousness, in distinction from external observation; ralating to the mind, or intellectual world, in distinction from the outward or material excessively occupied with, or brooding over, one's own internal states

  3. Subjective(adj)

    modified by, or making prominent, the individuality of a writer or an artist; as, a subjective drama or painting; a subjective writer


  1. Subject pronoun

    In linguistics, a subject pronoun is a personal pronoun that is used as the subject of a verb. Subject pronouns are usually in the nominative case for languages with a nominative–accusative alignment pattern. In English the subject pronouns are I, you, he, she, it, we, they, what, and who. With the exception of you, it, and what, and in informal speech who, the object pronouns are different: i.e. me, him, her, us, them and whom.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'subjective' in Adjectives Frequency: #946

Translations for subjective

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a person's attitude etc) arising from, or influenced by, his own thoughts and feelings only; not objective or impartial

You must try not to be too subjective if you are on a jury in a court of law.

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