Objective

Definition of Objective

Ob`jec´tive   Pronunciation: ǒb`jĕk´tĭv
a.1.Of or pertaining to an object.
2.(Metaph.) Of or pertaining to an object; contained in, or having the nature or position of, an object; outward; external; extrinsic; - an epithet applied to whatever is exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of thought or feeling, as opposed to being related to thoughts of feelings, and opposed to subjective.
In the Middle Ages, subject meant substance, and has this sense in Descartes and Spinoza: sometimes, also, in Reid. Subjective is used by William of Occam to denote that which exists independent of mind; objective, what is formed by the mind. This shows what is meant by realitas objectiva in Descartes. Kant and Fichte have inverted the meanings. Subject, with them, is the mind which knows; object, that which is known; subjective, the varying conditions of the knowing mind; objective, that which is in the constant nature of the thing known.
- Trendelenburg.
Objective has come to mean that which has independent existence or authority, apart from our experience or thought. Thus, moral law is said to have objective authority, that is, authority belonging to itself, and not drawn from anything in our nature.
- Calderwood (Fleming's Vocabulary).
3.Unbiased; unprejudiced; fair; uninfluenced by personal feelings or personal interests; considering only the facts of a situation unrelated to the observer; - of judgments, opinions, evaluations, conclusions, reasoning processes.
Objective means that which belongs to, or proceeds from, the object known, and not from the subject knowing, and thus denotes what is real, in opposition to that which is ideal - what exists in nature, in contrast to what exists merely in the thought of the individual.
- Sir. W. Hamilton.
4.(Gram.) Pertaining to, or designating, the case which follows a transitive verb or a preposition, being that case in which the direct object of the verb is placed. See Accusative, n.
My troublous dream [on] this night doth make me sad.
- Shak.
To write of victories [in or for] next year.
- Hudibras.
Objective line
(Perspective) a line drawn on the geometrical plane which is represented or sought to be represented.
Objective plane
(Perspective) any plane in the horizontal plane that is represented.
Objective point
the point or result to which the operations of an army are directed. By extension, the point or purpose to which anything, as a journey or an argument, is directed.
In the philosophy of mind, subjective denotes what is to be referred to the thinking subject, the ego; objective what belongs to the object of thought, the non-ego.
- Sir. W. Hamilton
n.1.(Gram.) The objective case.
2.An object glass; called also objective lens. See under Object, n.
3.Same as Objective point, under Objective, a.

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