objective: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (ub-jek'tiv), [key]
- something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal; target: the objective of a military attack; the objective of a fund-raising drive.
- Also calledobjective case.(in English and some other languages) a case specialized for the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition, as him in The boy hit him, or me in He comes to me with his troubles.
- a word in that case.
- Also called(in a telescope, microscope, camera, or other optical system) the lens or combination of lenses that first receives the rays from the object and forms the image in the focal plane of the eyepiece, as in a microscope, or on a plate or screen, as in a camera. See diag. under
- being the object or goal of one's efforts or actions.
- not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased: an objective opinion.
- intent upon or dealing with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
- being the object of perception or thought; belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject (opposed to subjective).
- of or pertaining to something that can be known, or to something that is an object or a part of an object; existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality.
- pertaining to the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition.
- (in English and some other languages) noting the objective case.
- similar to such a case in meaning.
- (in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that denotes something undergoing a change of state or bearing a neutral relation to the verb, as the rock in The rock moved or in The child threw the rock.
- being part of or pertaining to an object to be drawn: an objective plane.
- (of a symptom) discernible to others as well as the patient.
- objective (Thesaurus)