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Definition: Feedback

What is the dictionary definition of Feedback?

Dictionary Definition

  1. Critical assessment of a process or activity or of their results.
  2. cybernetics, systems The signal that is looped back to control a system within itself.
  3. The high-pitched howling noise heard when there’s a loop between a microphone and a speaker.

Full Definition of Feedback

The process in which the effect or output of an action is ‘returned’ (fed-back) to modify the next action. Feedback is essential to the working and survival of all regulatory mechanisms found throughout living and non-living nature, and in man-made systems such as education system and economy. As a two-way flow, feedback is inherent to all interactions, whether human-to-human, human-to-machine, or machine-to-machine. In an organisational context, feedback is the information sent to an entity (individual or a group) about its prior behaviour so that the entity may adjust its current and future behaviour to achieve the desired result.

Feedback occurs when an environment reacts to an action or behaviour. For example, ‘customer feedback’ is the buyers’ reaction to a firm’s products and policies, and ‘operational feedback’ is the internally generated information on a firm’s performance. Response to stimuli (such as criticism or praise) is considered feedback only if it brings about a change in the recipient’s behaviour.

Synonyms For Feedback

response, return, reaction, comment, criticism

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Feedback. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 21, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Feedback. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 21, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Feedback. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for Feedback are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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