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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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.

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

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ob•jec•tive  (əb jektiv),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. something that one's efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish;
    target:the objective of a military attack; the objective of a fund-raising drive.
  2. Grammar
    • Also called  objective 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.
  3. OpticsAlso called  object glass, object lens, objective lens. (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  microscope. 

  1. being the object or goal of one's efforts or actions.
  2. not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice;
    based on facts;
    unbiased:an objective opinion.
  3. intent upon or dealing with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
  4. being the object of perception or thought;
    belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject (opposed to subjective).
  5. 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.
  6. Linguistics, Grammar[Gram.]
    • 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.
  7. being part of or pertaining to an object to be drawn:an objective plane.
  8. [Med.](of a symptom) discernible to others as well as the patient.
ob•jective•ly, adv. 
ob•jective•ness, n. 
  • Medieval Latin objectīvus, equivalent. to Latin object(us) (see object) + -īvus -ive
  • 1610–20
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged object, destination, aim.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged impartial, fair, impersonal, disinterested.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged personal.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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