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1 Applied to a material object or phenomenon, which exists independently of perception.

2 Applied to studies and opinions, which are free from distorting, subjective, personal, or emotional bias. See also objectivity.

3 In medicine, applied to symptoms of a disease which can be perceived by persons other than the sufferer.

4 The object of one's efforts; sometimes used synonymously with goal.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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