An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues.
I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong.

I want to state that the criticism was not harsh, not intended to malign sb.

What are the options, please ?


I suggest using specifically to qualify your criticism.

Given that the administration/management will have heard the professor’s side of the story, you may get some credit for admitting it was criticism:

I specifically criticized ______, intending only to point out _________, not to in any way demean [your professor].

It’s hard to build a case for you without knowing the context, but I would try to use language which makes your argument positive. Some possible examples:

  • I said this because I believed that teaching ______ instead of _______ would give the class a broader perspective.
  • I hoped simply to suggest an improvement.
  • I only wished the professor would consider ______ instead, because of my understanding that _______.

Another idea is to include concession relating to the quality or value of the class and/or your professor:

I would like to reiterate that [your professor]’s class has greatly benefited my understanding of ______ and I believe [your professor] does an excellent job of _________.

It might be best to begin with this sort of concession to set the tone.

Note: I apologize that, yes, specifically is an adverb, not an adjective.

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