[uh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m]


a tendency to lay stress on the objective or external elements of cognition.
the tendency, as of a writer, to deal with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings.
a doctrine characterized by this tendency.

Origin of objectivism

First recorded in 1850–55; objective + -ism
Related formsob·jec·tiv·ist, noun, adjectiveob·jec·ti·vis·tic, adjectivenon·ob·jec·ti·vis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for objectivism

Contemporary Examples of objectivism

Historical Examples of objectivism

  • Seen at different angles, it is now dualism, now objectivism, now agnosticism.

    The Will to Doubt

    Alfred H. Lloyd

  • Objectivism in its absolutist and abstract forms assumes a standard—nature, essence, law—independent of process.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • On the other hand, the objectivism of his point of view brought a new element into my too concentrated habit of thought.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899

    Julia Ward Howe.

British Dictionary definitions for objectivism



the tendency to stress what is objective
  1. the meta-ethical doctrine that there are certain moral truths that are independent of the attitudes of any individuals
  2. the philosophical doctrine that reality is objective, and that sense data correspond with it
Derived Formsobjectivist, noun, adjectiveobjectivistic, adjectiveobjectivistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for objectivism

1854 in philosophical sense, "the doctrine that knowledge is based on objective reality," from objective (adj.) + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper