- Also called objective case.(in English and some other languages) a case specialized for the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition, as him in The boy hit him, or me in He comes to me with his troubles.
- a word in that case.
- pertaining to the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition.
- (in English and some other languages) noting the objective case.
- similar to such a case in meaning.
- (in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that denotes something undergoing a change of state or bearing a neutral relation to the verb, as the rock in The rock moved or in The child threw the rock.
Origin of objective
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Antonyms for objective
Related Words for objectivedisinterested, evenhanded, open-minded, dispassionate, unbiased, equitable, detached, nonpartisan, intention, aspiration, ambition, purpose, target, cold, straight, cool, end, object, mission, mark
Examples from the Web for objective
Contemporary Examples of objective
Koenig has not been a sterile, objective narrator; she has openly voiced her biases, concerns, and gut feelings all along.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
Certainly that was the objective of the attack: The school is a private one run by the army for the children of soldiers.Taliban: We Slaughtered 100+ Kids Because Their Parents Helped America
December 16, 2014
Carles told me that MormonThink strives to be objective and impartial.God vs. the Internet. And the Winner is…
November 16, 2014
That was really the objective of the first season, especially.‘Homeland’ Creator Talks Season 4’s ‘Reboot,’ Life After Brody, and How ISIS Will Affect the Show
October 6, 2014
Soon it became clear that establishing a Caliphate was their objective.Watching ISIS Come to Power Again
September 7, 2014
Historical Examples of objective
One could conceive of it as possible to turn toward Him—and reach, the objective.The Conquest of Fear
The outcome of that objective vision was Hamlet—a masterpiece of self-revealing.The Man Shakespeare
At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have no objective value.The Secret Agent
He cannot pass beyond his own individuality—he has no objective insight.
But the British troops were successful (p. 503) when reaching their objective.
- the objective case
- a word or speech element in the objective case
- the lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument
- the lens or combination of lenses forming the image in a camera or projector
1610s, originally in the philosophical sense of "considered in relation to its object" (opposite of subjective), formed on pattern of Medieval Latin objectivus, from objectum "object" (see object (n.)) + -ive. Meaning "impersonal, unbiased" is first found 1855, influenced by German objektiv. Related: Objectively.
1738, "something objective to the mind," from objective (adj.). Meaning "goal, aim" (1881) is from military term objective point (1852), reflecting a sense evolution in French.