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.”

Definitions of objective
  1. noun
    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    synonyms: aim, object, target
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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
  2. adjective
    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
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    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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  3. adjective
    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
  4. adjective
    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
  5. adjective
    serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
    objective case”
    synonyms: accusative
  6. noun
    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
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    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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