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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Yet the numbers continue to be disproportionate despite the best efforts of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Fearless Predictions For the 2018 NFL Season," 9 Feb. 2018 This country’s contributions to music are disproportionate to its small size and extend well beyond ABBA’s cheery pop and the indie cool of bands like Peter, Bjorn and John. Vogue, "Cherrie Is a Somali-Swedish R&B Queen with Style and Substance," 5 Feb. 2018 But the fact remains: More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year, including a disproportionate amount of women of color. Leana Wen, SELF, "Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer at a Routine Screening," 28 Jan. 2019 In its review of 20,000 news stories related to school lockdowns, The Post discovered a disproportionate amount of coverage focused on districts outside large cities. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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