directly proportional

adjective

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.

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Because the frequency is changing at a constant rate, there's a frequency difference between the two beams that's directly proportional to the distance that the returning beam traveled before bouncing back. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Two Apple veterans built a new lidar sensor—here’s how it works," 2 Oct. 2018 The sparkliness of her outfits is directly proportional to her frustration, too. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 5 Recap: Your Greatest Power," 26 June 2018 Paulson said the number of home inspections is directly proportional to the number of home sales. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top rebounders: which suburbs have bounced back biggest from the housing slump?," 20 June 2018 Its images were predictable; its attainment directly proportional to buying power and never fully achieved. Soraya Roberts, New York Times, "Who Decides What’s ‘Sexy’ — And Who Pays for It?," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of directly proportional

1796, in the meaning defined above

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directly proportional

adjective

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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