negative feedback


Definition of negative feedback

: feedback that tends to dampen a process by applying the output against the initial conditions

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Elements of this conflict with a report by Sport Witness, who say that Steve Bruce is unsure about him after receiving negative feedback over his attitude and behaviour., "Transfer Rumours: Sidibe to West Ham, Gbamin to Wolves, Pogba to Real (Again) and More," 22 July 2019 Though the event drew some negative feedback on social media, no one brought such disapproval to the church, which is a member of the progressive United Church of Christ. Hillary Davis,, "Drag queen lends sparkle to story time at Costa Mesa church," 10 July 2019 If a candidate’s fundraising is lackluster — either for number of donors or the overall figure — the dreaded negative feedback loop begins. James Pindell,, "Three events this summer that could shrink the Democratic presidential primary field," 9 July 2019 Similarly, negative feedback controls physiological parameters such as blood pressure and osmolarity. Quanta Magazine, "How Equality and Inequality Shape the Birds and the Bees," 17 Oct. 2018 As usual, the musicians all maintained a good sense of humor and didn't let the negative feedback bother them. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Jimmy Kimmel Just Released a Country Music Edition of His Hilarious "Mean Tweets" Segment," 15 Nov. 2018 This could be a negative feedback, limiting the potential for warming. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change," 19 Dec. 2018 Has Neiman Marcus ever gotten any negative feedback about this list? Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The annual Neiman Marcus fantasy gifts list gives a look into what the 1 percent buys for the holidays.," 18 Oct. 2018 Jupiter Realty originally wanted to build a 27-story building, but reduced the height after previously receiving negative feedback. Chuck Fieldman,, "Residents crowd Oak Brook meeting to oppose 22-story luxury condo development," 12 July 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of negative feedback

: feedback that tends to stabilize a process by reducing its rate or output when its effects are too great

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