AskDefine | Define objective

Dictionary Definition

objective adj
1 undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena; "an objective appraisal"; "objective evidence" [syn: nonsubjective] [ant: subjective]
2 serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes; "objective case"; "accusative endings" [syn: accusative]
3 emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings or interpretation; "objective art"
4 belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events; "concrete benefits"; "a concrete example"; "there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind"


1 the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children" [syn: aim, object, target]
2 the lens or system of lenses nearest the object being viewed [syn: object glass]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. Of or relating to a material object, actual existence or reality.
  2. Not influenced by the emotions or prejudices.
  3. Based on observed facts.
  4. Of, or relating to a noun or pronoun used as the object of a verb.


Derived terms


relating to a material object
not influenced by emotions
based on observed fact


  1. A material object that physically exists.
  2. A goal that is striven for.
  3. The objective case; a noun or pronoun in that case.
  4. The lens or lenses of a camera, microscope, or other optical device closest to the object being examined.


material object
  • Hungarian: tárgyi
  • Polish: obiekt
  • Spanish: objetivo
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 目标 (mùbiāo)
  • Dutch: doel , streefdoel , doelstelling
  • Finnish: tavoite
  • French: objectif, but
  • German: Ziel
  • Hungarian: cél, célpont
  • Italian: obbiettivo
  • Japanese: 目的 (もくてき, mokuteki)
  • Korean: 목적 (mokjeok)
  • Polish: cel
  • Portuguese: objetivo
  • Russian: цель (tsel’)
  • Spanish: objetivo
  • Swedish: objektiv
(grammar) the objective case



  1. Form of feminine, objectif

Extensive Definition

An objective is a goal, a planned or intended outcome.
The word '''objective may also refer to:

See also

objective in Czech: Objektiv
objective in German: Objektiv
objective in Spanish: Objetivo
objective in French: Objectif
objective in Italian: Obiettivo
objective in Latvian: Objektīvs
objective in Dutch: Objectief
objective in Japanese: 写真レンズ
objective in Norwegian: Objektiv
objective in Portuguese: Objetiva
objective in Swedish: Objektiv
objective in Thai: เลนส์ถ่ายภาพ
objective in Chinese: 鏡頭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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