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

Other Words from disproportion


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 That doesn’t mean selling exceptional museum art to rectify the disproportion makes sense. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 That this feeling of disproportion is fainter in the Broadway production than in 2018 may provide a clue to the answer. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Another example would be that almost 60% of corporate CEOs are over six-foot-tall; a large disproportion compared to the fact that less than 15% of American men are over this height. Holly Corbett, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 The slowing growth of the global population, the disproportion in different industries’ performance and the redistribution of wealth have created a new reality for financial assets. Timur Turlov, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 This sense of scale -- or rather, disproportion -- underpins the whole film, and becomes the case in Diana's defense. Holly Thomas, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 This is another factor of the ongoing disproportion in revenues. Timur Turlov, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 Which is the other side of stupidity’s disproportion: when someone’s power is less than what her intelligence or civic status would merit. Garret Keizer, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 And yet Chicago police continue to use force against and arrest people of color — particularly Black people — in wild disproportion to white people. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2021 See More

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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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“Disproportion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportion. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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.


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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