Origin of subjective

1400–50; late Middle English: pertaining to a subject of a ruler < Latin subjectīvus; see subject, -ive
Related formssub·jec·tive·ly, adverbsub·jec·tive·ness, nounnon·sub·jec·tive, adjectivenon·sub·jec·tive·ly, adverbnon·sub·jec·tive·ness, nounqua·si-sub·jec·tive, adjectivequa·si-sub·jec·tive·ly, adverbun·sub·jec·tive, adjectiveun·sub·jec·tive·ly, adverb

Synonyms for subjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subjectively

Contemporary Examples of subjectively

  • Whatever they subjectively believe, however, their agenda objectively disadvantages gays, immigrants, women, and people of color.

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    Why Bigotry Persists

    Stephen Eric Bronner

    September 28, 2014

Historical Examples of subjectively

British Dictionary definitions for subjectively



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, etcsubjective 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 ISee also nominative (def. 1)


  1. the subjective case
  2. a subjective word or speech element
Abbreviation: subj
Derived Formssubjectively, adverbsubjectivity or subjectiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for subjectively



mid-15c., "pertaining to a political subject" (now obsolete), from Late Latin subjectivus, from subjectus (see subject (n.)). Meaning "existing in the mind" (mind="the thinking subject") is from 1707; thus, "personal idiosyncratic" (1767). Related: Subjectively.

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subjectively in Medicine




Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.
Existing only in the mind; illusory.
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