[suh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m]


Epistemology. the doctrine that all knowledge is limited to experiences by the self, and that transcendent knowledge is impossible.
  1. any of various theories maintaining that moral judgments are statements concerning the emotional or mental reactions of the individual or the community.
  2. any of several theories holding that certain states of thought or feeling are the highest good.

Origin of subjectivism

First recorded in 1855–60; subjective + -ism
Related formssub·jec·tiv·ist, nounsub·jec·ti·vis·tic, adjectivesub·jec·ti·vis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for subjectivism

Historical Examples of subjectivism

  • Lack of originality is a second consequence of the subjectivism of the age.

  • "Objective" idealism is trying, like Mill, to escape the subjectivism of the purely individual and "psychical" knower.

    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

  • The fault was not wholly in the subjectivism of the movement.

  • But I fail to understand how any one with a working grasp of their principles can charge them wholesale with subjectivism.

  • It opens up boundless possibilities of subjectivism in a man who was apparently only too matter-of-fact.

British Dictionary definitions for subjectivism



the meta-ethical doctrine that there are no absolute moral values but that these are variable in the same way as taste is
any similar philosophical theory, for example, about truth or perception
any theological theory that attaches primary importance to religious experience
the quality or condition of being subjective
Derived Formssubjectivist, nounsubjectivistic, adjectivesubjectivistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for subjectivism

1857, from subjective + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper