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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    the object of any prolonged endeavor
    an immediate objective
    the object of an activity
    a special objective
    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
    scientifically detached; unemotional
    impersonal, neutral
    having no personal preference
    capable of being verified
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    taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias
    particular to a given individual
    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”
    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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    lens, lens system, lense
    a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images
Commonly confused words

objective / subjective

Anything objective sticks to the facts, but anything subjective has feelings. Objective and subjective are opposites. Objective: It is raining. Subjective: I love the rain!

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