Meaning of SUBJECTIVE in English


I. (ˌ)səb-ˈjek-tiv adjective

Date: 15th century

1. : of, relating to, or constituting a subject: as

a. obsolete : of, relating to, or characteristic of one that is a subject especially in lack of freedom of action or in submissiveness

b. : being or relating to a grammatical subject ; especially : nominative

2. : of or relating to the essential being of that which has substance, qualities, attributes, or relations


a. : characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind : phenomenal — compare objective 1b

b. : relating to or being experience or knowledge as conditioned by personal mental characteristics or states



(1) : peculiar to a particular individual : personal

subjective judgments

(2) : modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background

a subjective account of the incident

b. : arising from conditions within the brain or sense organs and not directly caused by external stimuli

subjective sensations

c. : arising out of or identified by means of one's perception of one's own states and processes

a subjective symptom of disease

— compare objective 1c

5. : lacking in reality or substance : illusory

• sub·jec·tive·ly adverb

• sub·jec·tive·ness noun

• sub·jec·tiv·i·ty -ˌjek-ˈti-və-tē noun

II. noun

Date: 1817

: something that is subjective ; also : nominative

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