positive feedback


Definition of positive feedback 

: feedback that tends to magnify a process or increase its output

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At the time, tbh—a platform for providing positive feedback to friends—was enjoying a terrific rise in popularity, but that doesn’t seem to have lasted. David Meyer, Fortune, "Facebook Is Killing Off an Anonymous Social App That Turned Out to Be a Failure," 3 July 2018 The positive critiques and the positive feedback are very powerful. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Asia O'Hara is doing Texas proud on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 31 May 2018 Building manager Caitlin Avramides said the Metropolitan doesn’t keep formal metrics on the success of the program but that the administration has gotten positive feedback from residents who appreciate learning more about their commuting options. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard County wants plans for limiting Columbia traffic as development continues," 12 July 2018 The inaugural San Diego Union-Tribune Festival of Books drew positive feedback from attendees and speakers, and organizers hope to build on that success for the second annual event while addressing criticism that the lineup lacked diversity. Emma Rooholfada, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Emma's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 After receiving positive feedback, my dreams of becoming a professional basketball player are that much closer to reality. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Wenyen Gabriel keeps his name in NBA draft, ending his Kentucky career," 30 May 2018 Given the initial positive feedback, and Softbank’s subsequent offer to donate up to 100 more robots, the Institution plans to expand the program to other Smithsonian groups in June. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "The Smithsonian Is Using a Swahili-Speaking Robot to Break Down Language Barriers," 27 Apr. 2018 Rough transitions While advocates of district elections and cities that have converted generally had positive feedback about the system, making the switch has also come with a set of challenges. NBC News, "California's Latinos and Asian Americans target city councils with district elections," 3 June 2018 Yet tackling global climate change needs ambitious, novel and often epic solutions, both to reduce emissions and to minimize the chance positive feedback from the Arctic that may cause untold damage to our climate system. Paul Mann, Smithsonian, "Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of positive feedback

1934, in the meaning defined above

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