goal vs objective :

goal or objective

Most language authorities consider “goal” to be a synonym of “objective,” and some dismiss the popular bureaucratic phrase “goals and objectives” as a meaningless redundancy.However, if you have to deal with people who insist there is a distinction, here is their usual argument: goals are general, objectives are more specific. If your goal is to create a safer work environment, your objective might be to remove the potted poison ivy plant from your desk. In education, a typical example would be that if your goal is to improve your French, one objective might be to master the subjunctive.

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  • n  the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  • n  the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
  • n  game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  • n  a successful attempt at scoring
    the winning goal came with less than a minute left to play

  • n  the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  • n  the lens or system of lenses in a telescope or microscope that is nearest the object being viewed
  • a  undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
    an objective appraisal
    objective evidence
  • a  serving as or indicating the object of a verb or of certain prepositions and used for certain other purposes
    objective case
  • s  emphasizing or expressing things as perceived without distortion of personal feelings, insertion of fictional matter, or interpretation
    objective art
  • s  belonging to immediate experience of actual things or events
    objective benefits
    an objective example
    there is no objective evidence of anything of the kind
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    June 20, 2013 - Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
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    Goals. They're the point of the game. Join MLSsoccer.com as we follow the MLS Matchday, from the first goal to the last, as they happen in real time.
    June 20, 2013 - MLS via Yahoo! Sports
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    Goal Zero 's solar charging products are a favorite here at TUAW, and the company loves New Yorkers -- it provided a number of charging products during the power outages after last fall's Hurricane Sandy. Now Goal Zero, AT&T and Brooklyn-based design studio PENSA are teaming up to offer public solar-powered charging stations in NYC . Street Charge will be going live today at Fort Greene Park ...
    June 18, 2013 - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

  • UMKC athletic department working on viability and visibility
    The most objective voices in sports are the ones with money at stake, like merchants of team gear. Sports apparel stores stock what moves. What better measure of interest?
    June 14, 2013 - The Kansas City Star
  • Rapid Capital Funding Reviews User Experience, Makes Upgrades
    MIAMI, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rapid Capital Funding has redesigned and upgraded their website for the growing and competitive merchant cash advance market. This objective includes representing their ...
    June 13, 2013 - PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance
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    Any videogame enthusiast can describe the novelty of discovering hidden messages within games. The game’s programmer leaves these surprises, appropriately called “Easter eggs,” which are only discovered when players abandon the game’s structured objective and explore areas off the beaten path.
    June 13, 2013 - The Longboat Observer