subjectivism[səb jek′tiv iz′əm]
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- the philosophic theory that all knowledge is subjective and relative, never objective
- any philosophic theory that restricts knowledge in some way to the subjective elements, as by limiting external reality to what can be known or inferred by subjective standards of truth
- an ethical theory holding that personal attitudes and feelings are the sole determinants of moral and aesthetic values
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The quality of being subjective.
- a. The doctrine that all knowledge is restricted to the conscious self and its sensory states.b. A theory or doctrine that emphasizes the subjective elements in experience.
- Any of various theories holding that the only valid standard of judgment is that of the individual. For example, ethical subjectivism holds that individual conscience is the only appropriate standard for moral judgment.
- sub·jecˈtiv·ist noun
- sub·jecˌtiv·isˈtic adjective