- 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.
- objective case,
- objective complement,
- objective correlative,
- objective danger,
- objective genitive
Origin of objective
Examples from the Web for 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|Emily Shire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Sami Yousafzai|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Carles told me that MormonThink strives to be objective and impartial.
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|Marlow Stern|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Soon it became clear that establishing a Caliphate was their objective.
The second step is the induction of the child into the objective forms of worship established in some positive religion.Pedagogics as a System|Karl Rosenkranz
The soul in the masculine body is for the time being getting experiences of the outer, objective activities.Elementary Theosophy|L. W. Rogers
Thus has education ceased to be an objective standard, created by one age and handed down rigidly immobile to the ages succeeding.The New Education|Scott Nearing
The second factor of "objective equivalence" is even more questionable than the first.Distributive Justice|John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
It is the subjective view as opposed to the objective views of the critics.Complete Prose Works|Walt Whitman
- 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.