Definition of subjectivity in US English:



  • 1The quality of being based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.

    ‘he is the first to acknowledge the subjectivity of memories’
    ‘in the writing of history there is a degree of subjectivity’
    count noun ‘the curators make room for individual or collective subjectivities’
    • ‘It embodies an anxiety about the threat these women pose to male autonomy, subjectivity, and cultural authority.’
    • ‘Modernism's understanding of the links between subjectivity and gender was shaped by Victorian domestic ideology.’
    • ‘The resistance of writers such as Hawthorne and Melville to the novel was a resistance to a form in which subjectivity was already compacted by history.’
    • ‘For me, the most engaging essays are those where the subjectivity of the writer comes into play.’
    • ‘Novels are narratives of private life that they turn inward, forming subjectivities that occlude or mystify the political.’
    1. 1.1 The quality of existing in someone's mind rather than the external world.
      ‘the subjectivity of human perception’
      • ‘It is our subjectivity, not the world, that creates the unknown.’
      • ‘What is important here is that the visible space of a physical room could figure an invisible subjectivity for a viewer.’
      • ‘It's a theory of the self, combining postmodernist visions of subjectivity as constellations of effects in space with modernist concerns regarding time.’
      • ‘Because nothing is organically connected with the objective character of the present, a freely roaming subjectivity can fasten where and how it likes.’
      • ‘Unfixed subjectivity has easy access to resources of imaginary compensation.’