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objective

ob·jec·tive

objective

 
 
pronunciation:
b jek tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a goal or purpose toward which one's efforts are directed; aim.
Our objective was to convince the town council that bicycle paths are needed in these neighborhoods.What is your objective in doing this research?
 
synonyms:
aim, goal, intent, intention, purpose, target
similar words:
ambition, aspiration, design, destination, end, idea, mark, mission, object, plan, point, purport
definition 2: in optical instruments such as telescopes and microscopes, the lens closest to the object being observed.
similar words:
lens, optic
definition 3: in grammar, the objective case, or a word form in this case, such as "them".
synonyms:
accusative
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not influenced by personal prejudice or feelings; unbiased.
I considered her problem in the most objective way I could.It was difficult for the parents to be objective about their own child's performance.
synonyms:
fair, impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced
antonyms:
subjective
similar words:
detached, disinterested, dispassionate, equitable, evenhanded, impersonal, just, neutral, open-minded, sober
definition 2: having reality or tangible existence independent of the observer.
synonyms:
actual, real, tangible
antonyms:
subjective
similar words:
corporeal, material, palpable, physical
definition 3: of or pertaining to an object.
definition 4: in grammar, denoting or concerning the case of a word used as the object of a verb or preposition.
synonyms:
accusative
derivations: objectively (adv.), objectiveness (n.)
Word Parts
The word objective contains the following parts:
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).