- Also called objective case. (in English and some other languages) a case specialized for the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition, as him in The boy hit him, or me in He comes to me with his troubles.
- a word in that case.
- pertaining to the use of a form as the object of a transitive verb or of a preposition.
- (in English and some other languages) noting the objective case.
- similar to such a case in meaning.
- (in case grammar) pertaining to the semantic role of a noun phrase that denotes something undergoing a change of state or bearing a neutral relation to the verb, as the rock in The rock moved or in The child threw the rock.
- objective case,
- objective complement,
- objective correlative,
- objective danger,
- objective genitive
Origin of objective
- the objective case
- a word or speech element in the objective case
- the lens or combination of lenses nearest to the object in an optical instrument
- the lens or combination of lenses forming the image in a camera or projector
1610s, originally in the philosophical sense of "considered in relation to its object" (opposite of subjective), formed on pattern of Medieval Latin objectivus, from objectum "object" (see object (n.)) + -ive. Meaning "impersonal, unbiased" is first found 1855, influenced by German objektiv. Related: Objectively.
1738, "something objective to the mind," from objective (adj.). Meaning "goal, aim" (1881) is from military term objective point (1852), reflecting a sense evolution in French.