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ob•jec•tive /əbˈdʒɛktɪv/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a purpose; aim;
    goal:The army's objective was to seize the town before the invaders did.

  • not influenced by personal feelings or prejudice:an objective opinion.
    • of, relating to, or being a grammatical case that typically indicates the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition (contrasted with subjective).subjective d="7"
    ob•jec•tiv•i•ty /ˌɑbdʒɪkˈtɪvɪti, -dʒɛk-/USA pronunciationob•jec•tive•ness,n. [uncountable]See -jec-.

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    objective /əbˈdʒɛktɪv/ adj
    1. existing independently of perception or an individual's conceptions
    2. undistorted by emotion or personal bias
    3. of or relating to actual and external phenomena as opposed to thoughts, feelings, etc
    4. (of disease symptoms) perceptible to persons other than the individual affected
    5. denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, esp in languages having only two cases, that is used to identify the direct object of a finite verb or preposition and for various other purposes. In English the objective case of pronouns is also used in many elliptical constructions (as in Poor me! Who, him?), as the subject of a gerund (as in It was me helping him), informally as a predicate complement (as in It's me), and in nonstandard use as part of a compound subject (as in John, Larry, and me went fishing)
      See also accusative
    6. of, or relating to a goal or aim
    1. the object of one's endeavours; goal; aim
    2. an actual phenomenon; reality
    3. the objective case

    4. Also called: object glass the lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument

    Abbreviation: obj

    Compare: subjective
    objectival /ˌɒbdʒɛkˈtaɪvəl/ adj obˈjectively adv ˌobjecˈtivity, rare obˈjectiveness n

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