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  • n. The state of being subjective.
  • n. A subjective thought or idea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being subjective; character of the subject.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The absence of objective reality: illusiveness; the character of arising within the mind, as, for example, the sensation of a color does.
  • n. The private, arbitrary, and limited element of self; that which is peculiar to an individual mind: as, the subjectivity of Byron or Shelley.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. judgment based on individual personal impressions and feelings and opinions rather than external facts


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  • But arguments about music of the sort Kivy advances are intended to be taken literally, since if we settle for the listener's experience of various emotions (or anything else you'd care to call them), an irretrievable element of subjectivity is being granted, the kind of subjectivity that makes "modern" atonal music possible in the first place.


  • The older, often perfectly good word "subjectivity" is decidedly multivalent.

    Subjecticity (On Kant and the Texture of Romanticism)

  • In so far as these judgements of content and purpose are dependent on judgements of import however, a subjectivity is introduced that can generate errors of a specific type, where the reader introduces an entirely spurious significance that is the product of an unreasonable response — an Import Artifice.

    Arguing With Geeks 11

  • A novel like The Voyeur leaves us with the conviction that subjectivity is all.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Some wallow in subjectivity, some aim for objectivity, but we all have preconceptions.

    Why I Won’t Cover Bluewater » Comics Worth Reading

  • And, when you add history to it, subjectivity is a real problem.

    Think Progress » New basketball league open to whites only, to get away from the ‘street-ball’ played by ‘people of color.’

  • All literary reading begins in subjectivity – whatever we read we track our own desire through the writing, which can lead to love or hate or indifference towards the piece, depending.

    Lit Crit; ur doin it wrong « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Somehow, the filling out of a form is supposed to remove subjectivity from the moral evaluation of a movie's content, even though the form itself is an arbitrary human creation.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Hidden just beneath the surface of that subjectivity is another fear -- that I'm not "Finding the Wanderer," as I've claimed elsewhere in far more formal settings, but that I'm really more interested in finding myself in his world.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • So the problem of escaping subjectivity is your problem, not mine.

    Carry-Over Thread


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