- 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
- 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 non-subjective
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.