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səbˈdʒɛk tɪvsub·jec·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subjectiveadjective

    taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

    "a subjective judgment"

  2. immanent, subjectiveadjective

    of a mental act performed entirely within the mind

    "a cognition is an immanent act of mind"


  1. subjectiveadjective

    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. subjectiveadjective

    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. subjectiveadjective

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

  4. subjectiveadjective

    Lacking in reality or substance.

  5. subjectiveadjective

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

  6. subjectiveadjective

    Experienced by a person mentally and not directly verifiable by others

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Subjectiveadjective

    Relating not to the object but the subject.

    Etymology: from subject.

    Certainty, according to the schools, is distinguished into objective and subjective: objective is when the proposition is certainly true in itself; and subjective, when we are certain of the truth of it. Isaac Watts.


  1. subjective

    Subjective refers to ideas, feelings, or perceptions that are based on an individual's personal perspectives, feelings, beliefs, or opinions rather than facts or evidence. It is often influenced by personal biases and is unique to each person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subjectiveadjective

    of or pertaining to a subject

  2. Subjectiveadjective

    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. Subjectiveadjective

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

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subjective in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subjective in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of subjective in a Sentence

  1. Elliott Antman:

    It is important to realize that the results of this small study are preliminary and depend heavily on the subjective report of relief of discomfort by the study subjects.

  2. Abraham Harold Maslow:

    Become aware of internal, subjective subverbal experiences, so that these experiences can be brought into the world of abstraction, of conversation, of naming, etc., with the consequence that it immediately becomes possible for a certain amount of control to be exerted over these hither unconscious and uncontrollable processes

  3. Mweemba Pious:

    The problem with the force of tribalism is that, it survives only when you're with your relatives but subsides when you start counting your personal friends. It's a nonsensical, subjective fundamental force, thus why it exists nowhere in physics.

  4. 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.

  5. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki:

    He wanted this one shot not to be completely objective, so that made it very hard, the shot is sometimes very subjective, so you are feeling what he is feeling and you are watching what he is watching, and then goes back to reveal the environment.

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