dis·​pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce disproportionate (audio) \

Definition of disproportionate

: being out of proportion a disproportionate share

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Other Words from disproportionate

disproportionately adverb

Examples of disproportionate in a Sentence

He believes that middle-class people bear a disproportionate share of the tax burden. A disproportionate number of the students are poor.
Recent Examples on the Web All the American networks paid an inexplicably disproportionate amount of attention to the passing of Prince Philip, AKA the Duke of Edinburgh. BostonGlobe.com, "The obsession with the British royal family is absurd," 10 Apr. 2021 The City Council eliminated the team last June as part of a $15 million cut to the police budget, citing concerns about its disproportionate stops of people of color. oregonlive, "Portland police chief says he’ll pull officers from other work to fill new uniformed team targeting gun violence," 8 Apr. 2021 The disproportionate spike in Covid-19 infection in young people is probably due to a combination of factors, says CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen. Zamira Rahim, CNN, "One in three Covid survivors suffers 'brain disease,' study finds," 7 Apr. 2021 This is a highly disproportionate number compared to their male counterparts. Elaine Montilla, Forbes, "Five Actions A Company Can Take To Retain Female IT Talent," 6 Apr. 2021 Critics complain such stops impact minority communities, and police data says Black people are stopped at disproportionate levels. Washington Post, "Group seeking to reinvent policing in District calls for sweeping changes across government," 1 Apr. 2021 Partisan gerrymandering is when districts are drawn in ways that provide a disproportionate advantage to one political party. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Your questions about Michigan's new redistricting process answered," 28 Mar. 2021 But Beshear noted the COVID-19 death and case rate for Black Kentuckians has at least lowered back down to roughly proportionate levels based on population, after reaching disproportionate levels while infections surged last year. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Health and 50+ churches host largest one-day vaccination event in west Louisville," 28 Mar. 2021 Written by a law-enforcement expert hired by the plaintiffs, the report is an analysis of demographic and internal affairs data that attempted to connect disproportionate statistical patterns with individual complaints of racist conduct. Washington Post, "Next Prince George’s police chief to be announced Friday afternoon," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of disproportionate

1555, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disproportionate was in 1555

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14 Apr 2021

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“Disproportionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportionate. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disproportionate

: having or showing a difference that is not fair, reasonable, or expected : too large or too small in relation to something

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