objective

An objective is something you plan to achieve. A military objective is the overall plan for a mission. The objective for a bake sale is to raise money. If your objective is to learn a new word, you have succeeded.

An objective is the point of something. If you don’t understand the objective of a class, then you don’t know what you were supposed to learn. The word itself is often used in business or work. Another meaning of objective is “looking at things in a detached, impartial, fact-based way.” If a police officer falls in love with a witness, it might be hard for her to stay objective. The word comes from the Latin ob "against" + jacere "to throw.”

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: objective

1
n
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
2
adj
undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
3
adj
serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
4
n
the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: objective
1

n the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

Synonyms:
aim, object, target
Types:
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grail
the object of any prolonged endeavor
business
an immediate objective
point
the object of an activity
thing
a special objective
occasions
something you have to do
Type of:
end, goal
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
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adj undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena

“an objective appraisal”
objective evidence”
Synonyms:
nonsubjective
clinical
scientifically detached; unemotional
impersonal, neutral
having no personal preference
verifiable
capable of being verified
Antonyms:
subjective
taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias
personal
particular to a given individual
prejudiced
emanating from a person's emotions and prejudices
unobjective, unverifiable
(of e.g. evidence) not objective or easily verified
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adj emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation

objective art”
Synonyms:
documentary
existent, real
being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory

adj belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events

objective benefits”
“an objective example”
“there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind”
Synonyms
concrete
capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary
3

adj serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes

objective case”
Synonyms:
accusative
4

n the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed

Synonyms:
object glass, object lens, objective lens
Type of:
lens, lens system, lense
a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images
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