What does objective mean?

Definitions for objective
əbˈdʒɛk tɪvob·jec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aim, object, objective, targetnoun

    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 glassadjective

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

  3. objective, nonsubjectiveadjective

    undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena

    "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence"

  4. objective, accusativeadjective

    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, documentaryadjective

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

    "objective art"

  6. objectiveadjective

    belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

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


  1. Objectiveadjective

    Hence: Unbiased; unprejudiced; fair; uninfluenced by personal feelings or personal interests; considering only the facts of a situation unrelated to the observer; -- of judgments, opinions, evaluations, conclusions, reasoning processes.

  2. Objectiveadjective

    (Metaph.) 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 is exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of thought or feeling, as opposed to being related to thoughts of feelings, and opposed to subjective.


  1. objectivenoun

    A material object that physically exists.

  2. objectivenoun

    A goal that is striven for.

  3. objectivenoun

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

  4. objectivenoun

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

  5. objectiveadjective

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

  6. objectiveadjective

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

  7. objectiveadjective

    not influenced by irrational emotions or prejudices

  8. objectiveadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBJECTIVEadjective

    Etymology: objectif, Fr. objectus, Latin.

    Certainty, according to the schools, is distinguished into objective and subjective. Objective certainty is when the proposition is certainly true in itself; and subjective, when we are certain of the truth of it. The one is in things, the other in our minds. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    If this one small piece of nature still affords new matter for our discovery, when should we be able to search out the vast treasuries of objective knowledge that lies within the compass of the universe? Matthew Hale, Origin of Man.


  1. objective

    Objective refers to something that is not influenced by personal feelings or opinions. It is based on facts, is fair, unbiased, and neutral. In a broader context, it can also refer to a goal or aim that one seeks to achieve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Objectiveadjective

    of or pertaining to an object

  2. Objectiveadjective

    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. Objectiveadjective

    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. Objectivenoun

    the objective case

  5. Objectivenoun

    an object glass. See under Object, n

  6. Objectivenoun

    same as Objective point, under Objective, a

  7. Etymology: [Cf. F. objectif.]


  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

Editors Contribution

  1. objective

    The focus of an intent, goal or task.

    The objective was crystal clear and well thought through so it was easily achieved.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

  2. objective

    To view in an impartial manner or way.

    It helps to view things objectively when we are managing a business, project or similar plan.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 6, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. Objective

    Subjective vs. Objective -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Subjective and Objective.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of objective in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of objective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of objective in a Sentence

  1. Joel Babbitt:

    This allows them to do dynamic planning while they are in route to an objective, they get on a plane and fly somewhere between 12 to 20 hours to get to an objective. During that time they have very little data. The transformation we are making is that they will be able to have voice communications along with huge amounts of data.

  2. Corban Amouzou:

    The subjectivity of human thought wants to be objective, but objectivity presents itself as subjectivity to subjectivity, which fools human thought into believing it is objective.

  3. Thomas Troward:

    The subjective mind is entirely under the control of the objective mind. With the utmost fidelity it reproduces and works out to its final consequences whatever the objective mind impresses upon it.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.

  5. David Charbonneau:

    A major national STEM objective is to increase the participation of women, when one of the most prominent scientists repeatedly commits sexual harassment, it threatens this national objective.

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  • موضوعي, متجرد, هدف, عقلاني, حقانيArabic
  • objectiuCatalan, Valencian
  • cíl, objektivní, objektiv, záměrCzech
  • Objektiv, ZielGerman
  • αντικειμενικός, αιτιατική, αντικειμενικός φακός, αντικείμενοGreek
  • objektivaEsperanto
  • objetivoSpanish
  • هدفPersian
  • esineellinen, esine, objektiivinen, totuudenmukainen, objektiivi, hyväksytty, materiaalinen, tavoite, päämäärä, puolueetonFinnish
  • but, objective, objectifFrench
  • amasScottish Gaelic
  • tárgyeset, objektív, cél, célpont, tárgyiHungarian
  • objectivoInterlingua
  • obbiettivo, oggettivo, obiettivoItalian
  • 対物レンズ, 目的, 客観Japanese
  • 목적, 目的Korean
  • objektīvsLatvian
  • whāingaMāori
  • nuchter, nuchtere, streefdoel, doel, objectieve, doelstelling, objectiefDutch
  • obiekt, obiektowy, przedmiotowy, cel, obiektyw, obiektywnyPolish
  • objetivo, objetivaPortuguese
  • obiectivRomanian
  • объектный падеж, цель, объективный, объект, объективRussian
  • objektiv, mål, sakligSwedish
  • shabahaSwahili
  • புறநிலைTamil
  • layuninTagalog
  • mục tiêuVietnamese

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