One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Philosophy. A subject who, by self-awareness, is also an object; specifically (in the thought of Fichte) the ego; (also) an object of knowledge as it exists in the mind of the knowing subject.
1Chiefly Philosophy. Of or relating to a subject and an object; (of a conscious act or process) bringing subject and object into relation. Also (rare): of or relating to a subject-object.
2Grammar. Relating to the subject and object in a sentence.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834), poet, critic, and philosopher. From subject + object.
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