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[suh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m]
  1. Epistemology. the doctrine that all knowledge is limited to experiences by the self, and that transcendent knowledge is impossible.
  2. Ethics.
    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.
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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
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  1. the meta-ethical doctrine that there are no absolute moral values but that these are variable in the same way as taste is
  2. any similar philosophical theory, for example, about truth or perception
  3. any theological theory that attaches primary importance to religious experience
  4. the quality or condition of being subjective
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Derived Formssubjectivist, nounsubjectivistic, adjectivesubjectivistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for subjectivist



1857, from subjective + -ism.

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