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  1. constructive criticism(Noun)

    Criticism performed with a compassionate attitude towards the person qualified for criticism.


  1. Constructive criticism

    Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one. In collaborative work, this kind of criticism is often a valuable tool in raising and maintaining performance standards. Because of the overuse of negative, nagging criticism, some people become defensive even when receiving constructive criticism given in a spirit of good will. Constructive criticism is more likely to be accepted if the criticism is focused on the recipient's work or behavior. That is, personality issues must be avoided as much as is possible. Critical thinking can help identify relevant issues to focus on. Especially sensitive individuals may adopt a passive, defeated attitude if they view a situation as personal, pervasive, or permanent. Others may adopt an aggressive response. In an online forum lacking face-to-face contact, constructive criticism can be easily misinterpreted and online exchanges often spiral out of control, becoming flamewars. Effective interpersonal communication skills can be helpful to assess the recipient's frame of mind. During initial exchanges or when encountering defensive individuals, effective criticism calls for softer language and inclusion of positive comments. When the recipient strongly identifies with contentious areas, non-offensive criticism becomes challenging.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of constructive criticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of constructive criticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vladimir Putin:

    We always listen to constructive criticism of the authorities' action or lack of action at any level and this dialogue is always useful and simply necessary, but it would be pointless to have debates with those who take orders from an outsider, in the interest of ... another country.

  2. Quentin Crisp:

    Euphemisms are not, as many young people think, useless verbiage for that which can and should be said bluntly; they are like secret agents on a delicate mission, they must airily pass by a stinking mess with barely so much as a nod of the head, make their point of constructive criticism and continue on in calm forbearance. Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.

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