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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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