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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.

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  

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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. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Management: An art of handling conflicting Egos to meet a common objective, be it political, organisational or societal in nature.

  2. Tyler Luellen:

    As soon as Brenna Hosey got out of the car, almost immediately, The RV started making an announcement, somewhere along the lines of, don't quote me exactly, but,' There's a large bomb within The RV. Your primary objective is to evacuate.'.

  3. Philippe Faure:

    What is missing is an objective ranking of global gastronomy.

  4. Emily Castor Warren:

    If this data is so sensitive and so revealing of important individualized travel patterns then why is it okay for the companies to have that ? why should we actually trust them more than we trust city governments whose objective is the public interest ?

  5. Peter Marks:

    A transparent, thorough and objective review of the data by The FDA is critical so that the medical community and the public continue to have confidence in the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. The FDA will review the supplemental application as expeditiously as possible, while still doing so in a thorough and science-based manner.

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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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