[ uh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m ]
/ əbˈdʒɛk təˌvɪz əm /


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.

Nearby words

  1. objective sensation,
  2. objective spirit,
  3. objective symptom,
  4. objective test,
  5. objectively,
  6. objectivity,
  7. objectivize,
  8. objectless,
  9. objector,
  10. objet

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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British Dictionary definitions for objectivism


/ (əbˈdʒɛktɪˌvɪzəm) /


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.

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