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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun objective:


The word objective and its family (objectively, objectivity) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun objective

What does objective mean as a name of something?

Objective is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: objectives

  1. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of objective: aim / object / target
    • more generic words: end / goal = the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
    • more specific words:
      • grail = the object of any prolonged endeavor
      • business = an immediate objective
      • point = the object of an activity
      • thing = a special objective
  2. the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed

Alternative definition of the noun objective


  1. A material object that physically exists.
  2. A goal that is striven for.
  3. [grammar] The objective case; a noun or pronoun in that case.
  4. The lens or lenses of a camera, microscope, or other optical device closest to the object being examined.

Definition of the adjective objective

What does objective mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more objective / most objective

  1. undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
  2. serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
  3. emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings or interpretation
  4. belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
    • examples: objective benefits | an objective example | there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind
    • similar: concrete

Alternative definition of the adjective objective


  1. of or relating to a material object, actual existence or reality
  2. agreed upon by all parties present (or nearly all); based on consensually observed facts
  3. not influenced by irrational emotions or prejudices
  4. [grammar] of, or relating to a noun or pronoun used as the object of a verb


"Objective" a.k.a. "The Objective" is a 2008 science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Myrick who also directed The Blair Witch Project and Believers, starring Jonas Ball, Matthew R. Anderson, and Michael C. Williams. It premiered in Morocco in April 2008 and in the United States in February 2009.


"Objective" is a musical album of Lost Regrets.

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  1. Objective a.k.a. Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted goals. Work on the theory of goal-setting suggests that an effective tool for making progress is to ensure that participants in a group with a common goal are clearly aware of what is expected from them. On a personal level, setting goals helps people work towards their own objectives. Goal setting features as a major component of personal development literature. The word goal is also one of the most recognizable words in management for motivational endeavors.
  2. Objective: The educational objective of this standard.

Phrases with Objective

Phrases starting with the word Objective:

  1. objective case
  2. objective lens
  3. Objective Clause
  4. Objective Function

Phrases ending with the word Objective:

  1. Cost Objective
  2. Learning Objective
  3. Behavioral Objective
  4. Recovery time objective

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Objective

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Google previewModern Social Work Theory (2014)

by Director of Psycho-Social and Spiritual Care Malcolm Payne, Malcolm Payne

The world exists independently of human beings, and we can stand outside it and observe it objectively. Being objective means that we can observe it independently of our own feelings and beliefs and we can check that we are right .

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health (2016)

Achievement of individual objectives within beyondblue's objectives hierarchy Objective 7: a society that understands and responds to the personal and social impact of depression, and works actively to prevent it and improve the quality of life ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

objective n a goal of a course of instruction. Two different types of objectives may be distinguished. General objectives, or aims, are the underlying reasons for or purposes of a course of instruction. For example, the aims of the ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

amphibious objective area — A geographical area ...

Google previewCritical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory (2005)

by Roberta Pearson, Philip Simpson

To be an 'objective' reporter—or documentary-maker—means being socialized into obeying certain rituals of naming, describing and framing realities, even if objectivity is self-reflexively posited as an ideal never to be entirely realized in ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Public Management and Governance (2006)

by Gambhir Bhatta

Must objective: Refers to a target that is critical for the organization to attain. A must objective is contrasted with a want objective, which refers to a target that is not a part of the organizational mandate and is not necessary for organizational ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Optimization (2008)

by Christodoulos A. Floudas, Panos M. Pardalos

(referred to in: Bi—objective assignment problem; Decision support systems with multiple criteria; Estimating data for multicriteria decision making problems: optimization techniques; Financial applications of multicriteria analysis; Fuzzy ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology (2013)

by Rita C Richey

Objective. SEE. INSTRUCTIONAL. OBJECTIVES. On-Line. Behavior. On-line behavior is a Web-based concept used to describe the activity of someone in cyberspace. There are diverse kinds of online behaviors, including surfing, lurking, ...

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Quotes about Objective

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective. (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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Scrabble value of O1B3J8E1C3T1I1V4E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 23 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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