- existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective).
- pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual: a subjective evaluation.
- placing excessive emphasis on one's own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.; unduly egocentric.
- Philosophy. relating to or of the nature of an object as it is known in the mind as distinct from a thing in itself.
- relating to properties or specific conditions of the mind as distinguished from general or universal experience.
- pertaining to the subject or substance in which attributes inhere; essential.
- Obsolete. characteristic of a political subject; submissive.
Origin of subjective
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Examples from the Web for subjectively
Whatever they subjectively believe, however, their agenda objectively disadvantages gays, immigrants, women, and people of color.Why Bigotry Persists
Stephen Eric Bronner
September 28, 2014
He knows the native objectively as I never will; and subjectively as well if not better.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The Hebrew text of the Bible is treated boldly and subjectively.History of the Jews, Vol. VI (of 6)
Subjectively, as the subjectum quod, or the faculty obliged.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
If so, he has the right to do that which subjectively he cannot do.Lectures on the Philosophy and Practice of Slavery
William A. Smith
This energy is subjectively and psychologically conceived as desire.
- belonging to, proceeding from, or relating to the mind of the thinking subject and not the nature of the object being considered
- of, relating to, or emanating from a person's emotions, prejudices, etcsubjective views
- relating to the inherent nature of a person or thing; essential
- existing only as perceived and not as a thing in itself
- med (of a symptom, condition, etc) experienced only by the patient and incapable of being recognized or studied by anyone else
- grammar denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, esp in languages having only two cases, that identifies the subject of a finite verb and (in formal use in English) is selected for predicate complements, as in It is ISee also nominative (def. 1)
- the subjective case
- a subjective word or speech element
Word Origin and History for subjectively
mid-15c., "pertaining to a political subject" (now obsolete), from Late Latin subjectivus, from subjectus (see subject (n.)). Meaning "existing in the mind" (mind="the thinking subject") is from 1707; thus, "personal idiosyncratic" (1767). Related: Subjectively.
- Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
- Existing only in the mind; illusory.