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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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 No one likes making a mistake when colleagues or clients are watching, or getting negative feedback in a meeting. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "What You Can Learn From MLB’s Mental-Skills Coaches," 11 June 2018 Thorne has yet to comment on the negative feedback, though time will tell. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Bella Thorne Is Getting Backlash Over Her New Makeup Brand Filthy Fangs," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of negative feedback

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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