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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Microsoft is finally responding to that negative feedback, and one of the surprise announcements at last night’s Xbox E3 briefing was the company’s commitment to first-party games. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is getting ready for the next Xbox vs. PlayStation console war," 11 June 2018 Others have tried to clear up the whole mess, responding to bad reviews and leaving five-star scores to compensate for the negative feedback. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Red Hen restaurants around the world are getting blamed for kicking out Sarah Sanders," 26 June 2018 Again, Apple is responding to some negative feedback. Jack Nicas, Brian X. Chen And Farhad Manjoo, New York Times, "Apple’s WWDC 2018 Live: Apple Still Wants to Be Different," 5 June 2018 Positive feedback tends to engender positive motivations, which draw on imagination and confidence; negative feedback engenders negative motivations, which draw on anxiety and fear. David Roberts, Vox, "Please don’t spank your kids," 3 July 2018 Newell didn't receive any negative feedback about her job performance or have any indication her job was in jeopardy, the lawsuit claims. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Former employee sues ASU, claiming violation of federal medical leave law," 19 June 2018 Denker said Grand Prix officials have continued to evaluate both positive and negative feedback since the race moved back to Belle Isle in 2012. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix chairman undeterred by protesters: 'There is no Plan B'," 25 Apr. 2018 Apple previously dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable and other USB-C dongles in response to negative feedback about the MacBook’s move to USB-C ports. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Apple cuts USB-C to Lightning cable price to $19," 21 May 2018 And all these obstacles create a negative feedback loop with left-leaning voters. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "How Democrats Can Over-Promise Like Trump," 11 May 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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