negative feedback


Definition of negative feedback

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

Examples of negative feedback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The short timeline may indicate the department plans to implement the rule, despite overwhelmingly negative feedback. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: It’s not easy being green," 8 Oct. 2020 Another problem was the proposal’s short comment period, which may indicate the department plans to implement the rule, despite overwhelmingly negative feedback. Liz Weston, Star Tribune, "Sustainable investing could get a lot harder," 2 Oct. 2020 Teresa Knapp Gordon, the union president, said the vote was held because of negative feedback toward teachers. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Atkins schools' chief dies of covid," 30 Sep. 2020 Pick from that what is constructive negative feedback. Doug Claffey,, "Top Workplaces: How to determine best time to seek employee feedback," 17 Sep. 2020 The tax base declines and the school system and civic services falter, creating a negative feedback loop that pushes more people to leave. Meridith Kohut, ProPublica, "Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration," 15 Sep. 2020 The vast majority of direct messages (DMs) has been positive, but Daria has received negative feedback. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Orlando social media stars: Instagram’s magicalifestyle thankful for Disney’s return after coronavirus shutdown," 2 Sep. 2020 Adding 2-butanol into the mix results in a Marangoni flow from thicker to thinner areas, creating a natural negative feedback mechanism to suppress the capillary flows that lead to the coffee ring effect and spread the droplet out like a pancake. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Adding a dash of alcohol suppresses coffee ring effect in 2D printing inks," 12 Aug. 2020 The comment received negative feedback from some and support from thousands of people like Glover and the women who bought The Honey Pot products due to her efforts. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "How The Honey Pot's Beatrice Dixon inspired a Phoenix women's group, business and movement," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of negative feedback

1934, in the meaning defined above

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11 Oct 2020

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“Negative feedback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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