directly proportional


Definition of directly proportional

: related by direct variation — compare inversely proportional

Examples of directly proportional in a Sentence

His earnings are directly proportional to the number of units he sells.
Recent Examples on the Web Neck restraints were at the time allowed under departmental policy, including to render people unconscious, but only in a defensive manner directly proportional to the force being directed against the officer. CBS News, "Prosecutors in George Floyd case say ex-cop charged in his death had used excessive force before," 11 Sep. 2020 The level of misery on I-4 — known in normal times for miles-long back-ups — seems directly proportional to the amount of commerce, tourism and faith among locals that going out is safe. Adelaide Chen,, "Central Florida economy stuck in plateau as hotels remain mostly empty, I-4 traffic stays light," 28 Aug. 2020 Almost every recruit has a plan, though the length and width of this vision is almost always directly proportional to talent and recruiting hype. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "QB Caleb Williams, five-star Oklahoma commit, has plan to become No. 1 pick in NFL draft," 10 July 2020 Jensen and Christensen’s equation, in contrast, predicted that the two should be directly proportional. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "Stingers Have Achieved Optimal Pointiness, Physicists Show," 6 July 2020 Waber’s research at the MIT Media Lab demonstrated the probability that any two workers will interact—either in person or electronically—is directly proportional to the distance between their desks. Popular Science, "Will the coronavirus kill open-plan offices?," 29 June 2020 If expertise was directly proportional to vote-getting power, Ng would have won the March 3 primary in a walk. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Rickhoff brothers face concerns about potential conflict of interest," 17 June 2020 If space expanded at a constant rate, a supernova’s redshift would be directly proportional to its distance, and thus to its brightness. Quanta Magazine, "No Dark Energy? No Chance, Cosmologists Contend," 17 Dec. 2019 Ohm was able to prove that a current moving through a conductor from Point A to Point B is directly proportional to the voltage. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Figured Out a Cool Way to Make Better Gluten-Free Bread," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of directly proportional

1796, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Directly proportional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of directly proportional

: related so that one becomes larger or smaller when the other becomes larger or smaller

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