[ suhb-jek-tiv ]
/ səbˈdʒɛk tɪv /


Nearby words

  1. subject to, be,
  2. subject-raising,
  3. subjectification,
  4. subjectify,
  5. subjection,
  6. subjective complement,
  7. subjective idealism,
  8. subjective intension,
  9. subjective sensation,
  10. subjective spirit

Origin of subjective

1400–50; late Middle English: pertaining to a subject of a ruler < Latin subjectīvus; see subject, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for subjectively


/ (səbˈdʒɛktɪv) /



  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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Medicine definitions for subjectively


[ səb-jĕktĭv ]


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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