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Formal Definitions: "*-jective"

obˇjecˇtive (eb-jčkštîv)


  1. Of or having to do with a material object.
  2. Having actual existence or reality.
  3. a. Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices: an objective critic. b. Based on observable phenomena; presented factually: an objective appraisal.
  4. Medicine. Indicating a symptom or condition perceived as a sign of disease by someone other than the person affected.
  5. Abbr. obj. Grammar. a. Of, relating to, or being the case of a noun or pronoun that serves as the object of a verb. b. Of or relating to a noun or pronoun used in this case.


  1. Something that actually exists.
  2. Something worked toward or striven for; a goal.
  3. Abbr. obj. Grammar. a. The objective case. b. A noun or pronoun in the objective case.
  4. The lens or lens system in a microscope or other optical instrument that first receives light rays from the object and forms the image. In this sense, also called object glass, objective lens, object lens.


subˇjecˇtive (seb-jčkštîv)


  1. a. Proceeding from or taking place within a person's mind such as to be unaffected by the external world. b. Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience.
  2. Moodily introspective.
  3. Existing only in the mind; illusory.
  4. Psychology. Existing only within the experiencer's mind.
  5. Medicine. Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
  6. Expressing or bringing into prominence the individuality of the artist or author.
  7. Grammar. Relating to or being the nominative case.
  8. Relating to the real nature of something; essential.

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