disproportion

noun
dis·​pro·​por·​tion | \ ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce disproportion (audio) \

Definition of disproportion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

disproportion

verb
disproportioned; disproportioning; disproportions

Definition of disproportion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make out of proportion : mismatch

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Other Words from disproportion

Noun

disproportional \ ˌdis-​prə-​ˈpȯr-​shnəl How to pronounce disproportion (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of disproportion in a Sentence

Noun His salary is in disproportion to what people who have similar jobs earn.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At a followup meeting with Cobb chairing, Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg noted that the curfew, which showed an overwhelming disproportion of Black kids getting cited, had not been actively enforced within the past five years. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 8 June 2021 This is made all the worse with a disproportion of retirees. Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Black residents, who make up 46 percent of the city, have died in staggering disproportion. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 Focusing on American prisons as a pillar example of racial disproportion, the documentary is a fierce call to action that can’t be missed. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2020 Focusing on American prisons as a pillar example of racial disproportion, the documentary is a fierce call to action that can’t be missed. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2020 Focusing on American prisons as a pillar example of racial disproportion, the documentary is a fierce call to action that can’t be missed. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2020 Focusing on American prisons as a pillar example of racial disproportion, the documentary is a fierce call to action that can’t be missed. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2020 Focusing on American prisons as a pillar example of racial disproportion, the documentary is a fierce call to action that can’t be missed. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of disproportion

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disproportion was in 1555

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11 Jun 2021

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“Disproportion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportion. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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disproportion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of disproportion

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

disproportion

noun
dis·​pro·​por·​tion | \ ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-shən How to pronounce disproportion (audio) \

Kids Definition of disproportion

: 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.

disproportion

noun
dis·​pro·​por·​tion | \ ˌdis-prə-ˈpōr-shən, -ˈpȯr- How to pronounce disproportion (audio) \

Medical Definition of disproportion

: 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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