existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective).
placing excessive emphasis on one's own moods, attitudes, opinions, etc.; unduly egocentric.
Philosophy. relating to or of the nature of an object as it is known in the mind as distinct from a thing in itself.
relating to properties or specific conditions of the mind as distinguished from general or universal experience.
pertaining to the subject or substance in which attributes inhere; essential.
Obsolete. characteristic of a political subject; submissive.
- sub·jec·tive·ly, adverb
- sub·jec·tive·ness, noun
- non·sub·jec·tive, adjective
- non·sub·jec·tive·ness, noun
- qua·si-sub·jec·tive, adjective
- un·sub·jec·tive, adjective
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How to use subjective in a sentence
Moreover, we don’t generally take these facts to be mere records of our subjective preferences or of cultural norms.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Philip Goff | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
These algorithms may seem mathematical and objective, but Woolley says the system is “incredibly subjective,” with many human decisions behind how and why particular content gets recommended.Why Facebook’s political-ad ban is taking on the wrong problem | Tate Ryan-Mosley | September 6, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
There is still almost no scientific understanding of how the “boops” of electrochemical pulses in the brain become the subjective experience of thinking, feeling, or remembering.Neurologists aren’t so sure about Elon Musk’s Neuralink brain implant startup | dzanemorris | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
However, judging the quality of writing is highly subjective.Content marketing fails: How to analyze and improve | Michael Doer | August 27, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Of course, measuring emotions is highly complex, and given how subjective and multifaceted they are, quantitative measurements will never entirely displace the qualitative element of evaluating and describing what we’re thinking and feeling.
For one thing, the subjective/objective distinction is fundamental to Western notions of scholarship, and science itself.
The whole goal is to create an effective experience of fear, which is subjective.Sex, Blood, and Screaming: Blackout’s Dark Frights | Tim Teeman | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unless you can find good criticism, which is hard to do, because you get too subjective.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake | Alex Suskind | September 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The subjective and unverifiable nature of pain is one of the most challenging aspects of managing it.
These results, of course, are subjective and totally unscientific.
They were not pretenders and quacks; they were sceptics who denied subjective truths, and labored for outward advantage.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
He did not deny to ideas a subjective existence, but he did deny that they have an objective existence.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
Let us put aside for a moment planetary and sidereal visions, which appear more subjective than objective.Urania | Camille Flammarion
So far as we can learn, the benefit was entirely in the subjective symptoms of the patient.
Mr. Melchers attacks whatever suits his particular mood, and his art is not suggestive of a subjective temperament.Historic Fredericksburg | John T. Goolrick
British Dictionary definitions for subjective
belonging to, proceeding from, or relating to the mind of the thinking subject and not the nature of the object being considered
of, relating to, or emanating from a person's emotions, prejudices, etc: subjective views
relating to the inherent nature of a person or thing; essential
existing only as perceived and not as a thing in itself
med (of a symptom, condition, etc) experienced only by the patient and incapable of being recognized or studied by anyone else
grammar denoting a case of nouns and pronouns, esp in languages having only two cases, that identifies the subject of a finite verb and (in formal use in English) is selected for predicate complements, as in It is I: See also nominative (def. 1)
the subjective case
a subjective word or speech element
- Abbreviation: subj
- Compare objective (def. 10)
- subjectively, adverb
- subjectivity or subjectiveness, noun
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