adj 1 a : relating to or determined by the mind as the subject of experience < reality> b : characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind c : relating to or being experience or knowledge as conditioned by personal mental characteristics or states 2 a : arising from conditions within the brain or sense organs and not directly caused by external stimuli < sensations> b : arising out of or identified by means of one's perception of one's own states and processes and not observable by an examiner <a symptom of disease> <caused objective or clinical improvement or both -Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.> - compare OBJECTIVE2 sub*jec*tive*ly adv
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