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‘Objective’ is used both as a noun and an adjective, unlike ‘subjective’ which is only used as an adjective (meaning personal to oneself). ‘Objective’ means external, for example, to describe a point of view that is verified by demonstrable facts, not just an opinion. As a noun, it means the object to be achieved, the end result of an action.

Few adjectives carry such a strong charge of self-approval. To be objective is, as far as personal matters go, to be detached, impartial (but judicious), dependably disengaged from the business in hand, and therefore able to appraise it properly. Objectivity, the noun, is counterposed to subjectivity, with the former indicating a truly scientific, thoroughly well-informed, but always distanced state of mind. Objectivity is the goal ...

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