- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for objective
Objectively, they are not just riding with the tide, but helping to guide its very direction.
This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And never have I met a group of people as doggedly convinced that their opinion is “objectively” correct as gamers.It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?|Arthur Chu|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Levine has done a remarkably good job of making us forget that he is, objectively, a physically sexy man.
But in federal court, if you pursue an “objectively baseless” claim, you can be sanctioned by the court (PDF) under Rule 11.Obama Should Counter John Boehner’s Lawsuit—and Here’s How He Can Do It|Dean Obeidallah|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the subjective theories fail, because the moral quality is objectively real to the percipient conscience.Theoretical Ethics|Milton Valentine
They present us human motives in the only form in which we can know them objectively, namely, as behavior.Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
Senator Crane deliberately stilled his rage and objectively considered what he should do about it.Ten From Infinity|Paul W. Fairman
The evidence of design in nature can be represented either subjectively or objectively.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
His speech was apparently dispassionate, and his arguments were set forth clearly and objectively.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch|Ulrich Frank
British Dictionary definitions for 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