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.

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The eight schools, which have a single test for admissions, have a disproportionate number of Asian students, and few black and Latino ones. David W. Chen, New York Times, "‘A Huge Blind Spot’: Why New York Asians Feel Overlooked," 4 July 2018 Human rights groups identified 121 people killed and accused Israel of committing war crimes by allegedly using disproportionate or indiscriminate force and failing to distinguish between civilians and combatants. Josef Federman, Fox News, "Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident," 15 Aug. 2018 And Twitter bots played a disproportionate role in spreading that false information. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: It only takes a few seconds for bots to spread misinformation," 21 Nov. 2018 For centuries, incarcerated people have been experimented on and demonized; in America, a disproportionate number of them are people of color. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Inside a Radical Experiment to Transform the Lives of Incarcerated Women," 22 Aug. 2018 And a disproportionate number of the assailants arrested were also black, primarily male. Fox News, "Was there anything illegal about the Trump Tower meeting?," 6 Aug. 2018 Using revenue to reduce the corporate income tax (beyond the corporate tax cut in the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) would result in higher taxes for low-income families and disproportionate benefits for higher-income taxpayers. David Roberts, Vox, "The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered," 20 July 2018 There is systemic violence that has led to a disproportionate number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, many cases which have never been solved. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "10 Films That Show How the U.S. Has Mistreated Native Americans and Alaska Natives," 22 Nov. 2018 For some terrible reason, female local news reporters seem to receive a disproportionate share of bullies' attention. Andrea Park, Allure, "Tennessee Meteorologist Corallys Ortiz Responds to Viewer’s Racist Criticism of Her Natural Hair," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of disproportionate

1555, in the meaning defined above

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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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