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OBJECTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does objective mean? 

OBJECTIVE (noun)
  The noun OBJECTIVE has 2 senses:

1. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
2. the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed

  Familiarity information: OBJECTIVE used as a noun is rare.


OBJECTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective OBJECTIVE has 4 senses:

1. undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
2. serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
3. emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
4. belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

  Familiarity information: OBJECTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBJECTIVE (noun)


Sense 1objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

objective; aim; object; target

Context example:

the sole object of her trip was to see her children

Hypernyms ("objective" is a kind of...):

end; goal (the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "objective"):

grail (the object of any prolonged endeavor)

business (an immediate objective)

point (the object of an activity)

thing (a special objective)


Sense 2objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

object glass; object lens; objective lens; objective

Hypernyms ("objective" is a kind of...):

lens; lens system; lense (a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images)

Holonyms ("objective" is a part of...):

compound microscope (light microscope that has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece)

optical telescope (an astronomical telescope designed to collect and record light from cosmic sources)


OBJECTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena

Synonyms:

nonsubjective; objective

Context examples:

an objective appraisal / objective evidence

Similar:

clinical (scientifically detached; unemotional)

impersonal; neutral (having no personal preference)

verifiable (capable of being verified)

Antonym:

subjective (taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias)


Sense 2objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Synonyms:

accusative; objective

Context examples:

objective case / accusative endings

Domain category:

grammar (the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics or morphology))

Pertainym:

objective case (the category of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb)


Sense 3objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation

Synonyms:

documentary; objective

Context example:

objective art

Similar:

representational ((used especially of art) depicting objects, figures,or scenes as seen)


Sense 4objective [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

Context examples:

objective benefits / an objective example / there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind

Similar:

concrete (capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary)


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