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Can anyone tell the difference between relative and subjective ?

Does subjective mean "only my opinion matters", while relative means "it could change"?

I can't really understand the difference.

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    I can't really understand the question. – MorganFR Dec 1 '16 at 15:13
  • Does subjective mean "only my opinion matters", while relative means "it could change"? No and no. Relative means in comparison, for example, if you say, This question is difficult, I could ask you what you are comparing it with ("Difficult relative to what?"). Subjective means based on your personal opinion or experience, for example, if you say, "This is the best textbook for studying algebra," I could say, "That's a subjective statement!" You could then respond that it's not just your opinion, the book won various prizes. – aparente001 Dec 2 '16 at 2:19
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The meaning is close, but I'll try my best to explain the difference.

Subjective :

That would be a subject or something which relates to one

From M-W : (adj) 1: of, relating to, or constituting a subject

Or something which depends on this subject's perception

From M-W : (adj) 3a: characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind : phenomenal — compare objective

Example : Your opinion is subjective.

One's opinion about something depends on the knowledge that person has.

Relative :

It means the notion depends on the relation of multiple subjects.

From M-W : (adj) 3: not absolute or independent

Example : Your speed is relative.

From your point of view, your speed is null. But from your friend's point of view, which is running, your speed is 5 km/h.


It might be easier to understand by looking at antonyms :

  • Relative / Absolute
  • Subjective / Objective

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