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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SUBJECTIVE, a. Relating to the subject, as opposed to the object.
Certainty--is distinguished into objective and subjective; objective, is when the proposition is certainly true of itself; and subjective, is when we are certain of the truth of it.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias; "a subjective judgment" [ant: nonsubjective, objective]
2: of a mental act performed entirely within the mind; "a cognition is an immanent act of mind" [syn: immanent, subjective] [ant: transeunt, transient]

Merriam Webster's

I. 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 3. 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 4. a. (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 subjectively adverb subjectiveness noun subjectivity noun II. noun Date: 1817 something that is subjective; also nominative

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 (of art, literature, written history, a person's views, etc.) proceeding from personal idiosyncrasy or individuality; not impartial or literal. 2 esp. Philos. proceeding from or belonging to the individual consciousness or perception; imaginary, partial, or distorted. 3 Gram. of or concerning the subject. --n. Gram. the subjective case. Phrases and idioms: subjective case Gram. the nominative. Derivatives: subjectively adv. subjectiveness n. subjectivity n. Etymology: ME f. L subjectivus (as SUBJECT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Subjective Sub*jec"tive, a. [L. subjectivus: cf. F. subjectif.] 1. Of or pertaining to a subject. 2. Especially, pertaining to, or derived from, one's own consciousness, in distinction from external observation; ralating to the mind, or intellectual world, in distinction from the outward or material excessively occupied with, or brooding over, one's own internal states. Note: In the philosophy of the mind, subjective denotes what is to be referred to the thinking subject, the ego; objective, what belongs to the object of thought, the non-ego. See Objective, a., 2. --Sir W. Hamilton. 3. (Lit. & Art) Modified by, or making prominent, the individuality of a writer or an artist; as, a subjective drama or painting; a subjective writer. Syn: See Objective. Subjective sensation (Physiol.), one of the sensations occurring when stimuli due to internal causes excite the nervous apparatus of the sense organs, as when a person imagines he sees figures which have no objective reality. -- Sub*jec"tive*ly, adv. -- Sub*jec"tive*ness, n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Color Col"or, n. [Written also colour.] [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.] 1. A property depending on the relations of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc. Note: The sensation of color depends upon a peculiar function of the retina or optic nerve, in consequence of which rays of light produce different effects according to the length of their waves or undulations, waves of a certain length producing the sensation of red, shorter waves green, and those still shorter blue, etc. White, or ordinary, light consists of waves of various lengths so blended as to produce no effect of color, and the color of objects depends upon their power to absorb or reflect a greater or less proportion of the rays which fall upon them. 2. Any hue distinguished from white or black. 3. The hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion. Give color to my pale cheek. --Shak. 4. That which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, oil colors or water colors. 5. That which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance. They had let down the boat into the sea, under color as though they would have cast anchors out of the foreship. --Acts xxvii. 30. That he should die is worthy policy; But yet we want a color for his death. --Shak. 6. Shade or variety of character; kind; species. Boys and women are for the most part cattle of this color. --Shak. 7. A distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the cap and jacket worn by the jockey). In the United States each regiment of infantry and artillery has two colors, one national and one regimental. --Farrow. 8. (Law) An apparent right; as where the defendant in trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from the jury to the court. --Blackstone. Note: Color is express when it is averred in the pleading, and implied when it is implied in the pleading. Body color. See under Body. Color blindness, total or partial inability to distinguish or recognize colors. See Daltonism. Complementary color, one of two colors so related to each other that when blended together they produce white light; -- so called because each color makes up to the other what it lacks to make it white. Artificial or pigment colors, when mixed, produce effects differing from those of the primary colors, in consequence of partial absorption. Of color (as persons, races, etc.), not of the white race; -- commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed. Primary colors, those developed from the solar beam by the prism, viz., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, which are reduced by some authors to three, -- red, green, and violet-blue. These three are sometimes called fundamental colors. Subjective or Accidental color, a false or spurious color seen in some instances, owing to the persistence of the luminous impression upon the retina, and a gradual change of its character, as where a wheel perfectly white, and with a circumference regularly subdivided, is made to revolve rapidly over a dark object, the teeth of the wheel appear to the eye of different shades of color varying with the rapidity of rotation. See Accidental colors, under Accidental.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Something that is subjective is based on personal opinions and feelings rather than on facts. We know that taste in art is a subjective matter... The way they interpreted their past was highly subjective. ? objective ADJ subjectively Our preliminary results suggest that people do subjectively find the speech clearer. ? objectively ADV subjectivity They accused her of flippancy and subjectivity in her reporting of events in their country. ? objectivity

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Belonging to or characteristic of the subject (as contrasted with the object), in the mind, within the self. 2. Merely mental, limited to the subject, in the mind only, unreal, non-objective, not actual, internal, non-external. 3. Imagined, fancied, imaginary, illusory. 4. Introversive, introspective, contemplative, inward-looking, dealing with one's own feelings, colored by one's own states.

Moby Thesaurus

abstract, biased, cerebral, conceptive, conceptual, deep-seated, egocentric, egoistic, endopsychic, esoteric, idiosyncratic, immanent, implanted, implicit, inalienable, individual, indwelling, infixed, ingoing, ingrained, inherent, inner, inner-directed, intellectual, intelligent, internal, intrinsic, introversive, introvert, introverted, inward, inwrought, irreducible, mental, noetic, nominative, nonobjective, noological, personal, phrenic, prejudiced, private, psychic, psychologic, rational, reasoning, resident, secret, self-serving, selfish, spiritual, thinking, unalienable, unchallengeable, unquestionable


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