[ uhb-jek-tuh-viz-uhm ]

  1. a tendency to lay stress on the objective or external elements of cognition.

  2. the tendency, as of a writer, to deal with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings.

  1. a doctrine characterized by this tendency.

Origin of objectivism

First recorded in 1850–55; objective + -ism

Other words from objectivism

  • ob·jec·tiv·ist, noun, adjective
  • ob·jec·ti·vis·tic, adjective
  • non·ob·jec·ti·vis·tic, adjective

Words Nearby objectivism

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How to use objectivism in a sentence

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

    The Will to Doubt | Alfred H. Lloyd
  • A purely mechanical procedure is the inevitable, the natural and necessary method of a pure objectivism.

    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


/ (əbˈdʒɛktɪˌvɪzəm) /

  1. the tendency to stress what is objective

  2. philosophy

    • the meta-ethical doctrine that there are certain moral truths that are independent of the attitudes of any individuals

    • the philosophical doctrine that reality is objective, and that sense data correspond with it

Derived forms of objectivism

  • objectivist, noun, adjective
  • objectivistic, adjective
  • objectivistically, adverb

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