Definitions of subjective

  1. ( philosophy) of a mental act; occurring entirely within the mind
  2. taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias; " a subjective judgment"
  3. of a mental act performed entirely within the mind; " a cognition is an immanent act of mind"
  4. Of or pertaining to a subject.
  5. 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.
  6. Modified by, or making prominent, the individuality of a writer or an artist; as, a subjective drama or painting; a subjective writer.
  7. Pertaining to the subject as opposed to the object; relating to, or derived from, one's own consciousness; based upon one's own feelings; as, a subjective view of life.
  8. Subjectively.
  9. Subjectiveness, subjectivity.
  10. Perceived by the individual only and not evident to the examiner, noting certain symptoms, such as pain.
  11. That which is due to external conditions.
  12. Relating to the subject: derived from one's own consciousness: denoting those states of thought or feeling of which the mind is the conscious subject, opposed to objective.
  14. Relating to the subject; pertaining to consciousness or to conscious mind.
  15. Relating to the subject, as opposed to the object; pertaining to the conscious subject as distinct from the object in itself; characterized by the individuality of the author.
  16. Relating to the subject; derived from one's own consciousness, in distinction from external observation; in the phil. of mind, subjective denotes what is to be referred to the thinking subject, objective what belongs to the object of thought.

Usage examples for subjective

  1. Living more or less in a subjective universe, our rambles in thought were better tonics than medicine to him. – Edgar Saltus: The Man by Marie Saltus
  2. Still, the alteration was not wholly in herself; it was not wholly subjective. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  3. It is too utterly subjective to please you. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  4. It was an argument from the utility of beliefs to their truth; from the fact that certain subjective convictions produced good results, to the correspondence of such convictions with objective reality. – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  5. As the work progresses through the different years, the subjective and creative sides are more and more emphasized, and the study of objects is felt to be merely a means necessary to an end. – Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7) by Hugo B. Froehlich Bonnie E. Snow
  6. These ideas, being then transferred to his subjective mind, exert an unwholesome influence upon his bodily functions. – Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery by Robert Means Lawrence
  7. What of this new and astonishing revelation- new and astonishing to him, at any rate- that love, to a woman, is not a mere decoction of bliss administered by a powerful and benevolent male, but a highly complicated universe of subjective illusions in which the lover is only dimly seen as a necessary but disturbing phantom of gross and agonizing ineptitudes? – Command by William McFee
  8. In some cases a triviality of thought, the everyday wisdom that is too dull not to seem calm and disinterested, comes to represent the artistic condition in which the subjective side has quite sunk out of sight. – Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) by Friedrich Nietzsche
  9. It will be observed that for lack of any tangible evidence he very properly makes use of subjective reasoning. – The Dramatic Values in Plautus by Wilton Wallace Blancke
  10. And, if one is to venture into more speculative and subjective arguments, I find it rather hard to think of any lyric poet except Euripides who could have written the Adrasteia chorus or the lines about the Nightingale in the Watchers' Song; of any playwright except Euripides who would have ended a play of gallant martial adventure with the vision of a solitary mother clasping her dead son. – The Rhesus of Euripedes by Euripedes
  11. The original and elementary subjective fact in society is the consciousness of kind, writes Professor Giddings, ... –  by
  12. Spenser a Subjective Poet. – Halleck's New English Literature by Reuben P. Halleck
  13. We recognize in our experience two distinct orders, the objective order, the system of phenomena which constitutes the material world, and the subjective order, the order of things mental, to which belong sensations and " ideas." – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  14. Nor is this as easy as it might appear; for, as we saw in our study of the emotions, our feeling attitude toward any object that occupies the mind is largely responsible for the subjective value we place upon it. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  15. He is an idea, a belief, which gives meaning to our ethical life, a subjective necessity. – Preaching and Paganism by Albert Parker Fitch
  16. We have seen that everything turns on the obligation of our subjective part to act within the limits of the suggestion which has been most deeply impressed upon it. – The Creative Process in the Individual by Thomas Troward
  17. The name man is caused by the adname whatever to be twofold subjective case, from its denoting, of itself, one person as the subject of the two remarks. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. But under the influence of love she plunges into herself, as it were, and her life for the time being is purely subjective. – What Dreams May Come by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  19. I have made endless experiments on this point, and by no effort of the imagination can I persuade myself, when looking at a colour, that the colour is in my mind, and not at a " distance off," though of course I know perfectly well, as a matter of reason, that colour is subjective. – Critiques and Addresses by Thomas Henry Huxley