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


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


disproportional \ ˌdis-​prə-​ˈpȯr-​shnəl How to pronounce disproportional (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 The impunity of the American police has been achieved by slow accretion through the decades, and with the tacit understanding that it would be deployed in great disproportion against black people. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "An American Spring of Reckoning," 14 June 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, "The 15 Best Documentaries on Netflix to Watch Right Now," 20 Apr. 2020 There was the same sort of disproportion when my bulky parents read aloud to us on the couch. Sarah Ruden, National Review, "Reading Like a Child," 12 Sep. 2019 The role of Ramona especially resonates in the hands of a mega-watt celebrity whose own physical attributes have been mocked and exaggerated in gross disproportion to her talent. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Jennifer Lopez is a star reborn in ‘Hustlers,’ a smart, bracing tale of strippers turned grifters," 8 Sep. 2019 This disproportion of means between a simple blog and a billing company is an impediment to any kind of justice in the American judicial system. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Why is a Lisbon soccer team trying to unmask Portuguese bloggers in US court?," 12 Oct. 2018 The disproportion is similar at other high-achieving New York City schools where admission is determined by an achievement test. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Progressive Education Today," 6 June 2018 Morton cited the disproportion number of black children in foster care and the juvenile justice system as factors. Kate Santich, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Count of Central Florida's homeless youth reveals 'hidden' population," 10 Apr. 2018 Though warrior women Bravely walk the walk, Derivatives of disproportionDraw heinous hypocrites To their flock. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "So … Sean Penn Wrote a #MeToo Poem," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disproportion


1555, in the meaning defined above


1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disproportion was in 1555

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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Disproportion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportion. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disproportion

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


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.


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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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