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disproportion

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noun dis·pro·por·tion \ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-shən\

Simple Definition of disproportion

  • : a difference that is not fair, reasonable, or expected

Full Definition of disproportion

  1. :  lack of proportion, symmetry, or proper relation :  disparity; also :  an instance of such disparity

dis·pro·por·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of disproportion

  1. His salary is in disproportion to what people who have similar jobs earn.



1555

First Known Use of disproportion

1555

Rhymes with disproportion


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disproportion

verb dis·pro·por·tion

Definition of disproportion

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make out of proportion :  mismatch



1593

First Known Use of disproportion

1593


DISPROPORTION Defined for Kids

disproportion

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noun dis·pro·por·tion \ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-shən\

Definition of disproportion

  1. :  a marked difference in the size, number, or amount of something as compared to another thing <There is a disproportion of boys to girls in the class.>




Medical Dictionary

disproportion

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noun dis·pro·por·tion \ˌdis-prə-ˈpōr-shən, -ˈpȯr-\

Medical Definition of disproportion

  1. :  absence of symmetry or the proper dimensional relationship <a disproportion between the large head and the average-size body>—see cephalopelvic disproportion




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