objective meaning

[ əb'dʒektiv ] Pronunciation:   "objective" in a sentence
Noun: objective  ub'jektiv
  1. The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    - aim, object, target 
  2. The lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed
    - objective lens, object lens, object glass
Adjective: objective  ub'jektiv
  1. Undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
    "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence"
    - nonsubjective 
  2. Serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
    "objective case"
    - accusative 
  3. Emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
    "objective art"
    - documentary 
  4. Belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
    "objective benefits"; "an objective example"; "there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind"

Derived forms: objectives

See also: clinical, concrete, existent, impersonal, neutral, objective case, objectively, objectivity, real, verifiable

Type of: end, goal, lens, lens system, lense [non-standard]

Antonym: subjective

Part of: compound microscope, optical telescope

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noun, adjective

noun [C]


details of what you are trying to achieve and when:

The main objective of this meeting is to give more information on our plans.

You must set realistic aims and objectives for yourself.

The company is likely to achieve its long-term strategic objective.

My objective is to serve our clients better.

The company has achieved its key objectives for the year.

Here is this year's profit-and-loss objective.


the key/main/primary/principal objective

business/learning/performance/strategic objectives

◆ to agree/establish/set objectives

◆ to achieve/meet/reach objectives

◆ to fail to meet/fall short of (your) objectives


not influenced by personal feelings or opinions; considering only facts:

an objective analysis/assessment/report

The important thing is to be objective when making decisions.

She will make an objective evaluation of all the firms competing for the contract.

These figures give a reliable and objective indicator of changing trends in people's lifestyles.

Success should be measured by objective standards.


objectively adverb:

It is difficult to examine your own performance objectively.

Can these effects be objectively measured?

The results were objectively assessed.

objectivity /; AmE / noun [U]:

There were concerns about the audit's objectivity.

There was a lack of objectivity in the way the candidates were judged.

It is important to maintain our standards of objectivity when carrying out research.

scientific objectivity


1. The clearly defined, decisive, and attainable goal toward which every operation is directed.
2. The specific target of the action taken (for example, a definite terrain feature, the seizure or holding of which is essential to the commander’s plan, or, an enemy force or capability without regard to terrain features).
See also target.
(JP 5-0)

1 : a lens or system of lenses that forms an image of an object
2 : something toward which effort is directed
1 : of, relating to, or being an object, phenomenon, or condition in the realm of sensible experience independent of individual thought and perceptible by all observers ‹objective reality›
2 : perceptible to persons other than the affected individual ‹an objective symptom of disease› ‹caused objective or subjective clinical improvement or both —Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.› —compare SUBJECTIVE 2bob·jec·tive·ly adv


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  1. we unite to pursue a shared objective.
  2. it may be possible to reconcile both objectives.
  3. the objective world is constantly changing.
  4. both parties must embrace the end objective.
  5. it is tangential to our main objective.

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