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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being subjective.
  • n. The doctrine that all knowledge is restricted to the conscious self and its sensory states.
  • n. A theory or doctrine that emphasizes the subjective elements in experience.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The doctrine that reality is created or shaped by the mind.
  • n. The doctrine that knowledge is based in feelings or intuition
  • n. The doctrine that values and moral principles come from attitudes, convention, whim, or preference.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any philosophical doctrine which refers all knowledge to, and founds it upon, any subjective states; egoism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine that we can immediately know only what is present to consciousness.
  • n. The doctrine, sometimes termed relativism, that “man is the measure of things”—that is, that the truth is nothing but each man's settled opinion, there being no objective criterion of truth at all.
  • n. Same as subjectivity, 3.

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

  • n. (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge and value are dependent on and limited by your subjective experience
  • n. the quality of being subjective

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