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What belongs to a thing or is grounded in reality, prior to and independent of the mind's consideration of something. Also called ontological, in contrast with the mental or psychological. Opposite of subjective. Thus objective certitude is founded on reality, and objective morality is based on divinely established standards. (Etym. Latin obiectio, something thrown before or presented to [the mind], from obicere, to throw in the way, present.)