Meaning of “subjective” in the English Dictionary

"subjective" in British English

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subjectiveadjective

uk /səbˈdʒek.tɪv/ us /səbˈdʒek.tɪv/

C1 influenced by or based on personal beliefs or feelings, rather than based on facts:

I think my husband is the most handsome man in the world, but I realize my judgment is rather subjective.
More specific and less subjective criteria should be used in selecting people for promotion within the company.

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  • The use of subjective criteria is flawed.
  • The problem is that it is a very subjective decision.
  • But this is one woman's subjective experience.
  • You have to bear in mind that this is a subjective interpretation.
  • I find him very attractive but I realize it's a subjective thing.
subjectively
adverb uk /səbˈdʒek.tɪv.li/ us /səbˈdʒek.tɪv.li/
subjectivity
noun [ U ] uk /ˌsʌb.dʒekˈtɪv.ə.ti/ us /ˌsʌb.dʒekˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/

There's always an element of subjectivity in decision-making.

(Definition of “subjective” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"subjective" in American English

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subjectiveadjective

us /səbˈdʒek·tɪv/

influenced by or based on personal beliefs or feelings, rather than based on facts:

Whether something is objectionable is a subjective question.

(Definition of “subjective” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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