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[uh b-jek-tuh-viz-uh m] /əbˈdʒɛk təˌvɪz əm/
a tendency to lay stress on the objective or external elements of cognition.
the tendency, as of a writer, to deal with things external to the mind rather than with thoughts or feelings.
a doctrine characterized by this tendency.
1850-55; objective + -ism
Related forms
objectivist, noun, adjective
objectivistic, adjective
nonobjectivistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for objectivism
  • objectivism is essentially a cult, and have no place among freethinkers.
  • Our public is not yet ready for abstraction, let alone non-objectivism.
  • Ever an intellectual, he resisted early attempts to recruit him to objectivism by insisting that he couldn't be sure he existed.
  • When a large group of scientists that have different individual worldviews converge, generally objectivism can be obtained.
  • Yet another avocation is philosophy, and objectivism in particular.
  • Constructivism does not fit the current educational environment, with its push for objectivism and standardized tests.
  • We are moving away from objectivism and moving towards social constructivism.
British Dictionary definitions for objectivism


the tendency to stress what is objective
  1. the meta-ethical doctrine that there are certain moral truths that are independent of the attitudes of any individuals
  2. the philosophical doctrine that reality is objective, and that sense data correspond with it
Derived Forms
objectivist, noun, adjective
objectivistic, adjective
objectivistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for objectivism

1854 in philosophical sense, "the doctrine that knowledge is based on objective reality," from objective (adj.) + -ism.

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Encyclopedia Article for objectivism

the theory or practice of objective art or literature. The term was used by the poet William Carlos Williams in the 1930s to describe a movement in which emphasis was placed on viewing poems as objects that could be considered and analyzed in terms of mechanical features. According to Williams, this meant examining the structural aspects of the poem and considering how it was constructed. Other poets involved in the short-lived movement were Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, and Charles Reznikoff.

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