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

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 Wartime hunting takes a disproportionate toll on large mammals, many of which play critical roles in shaping their ecosystems. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 But 20 percent of those deaths concerned officers — a disproportionate toll indicating that vast numbers of deaths of lower-ranking soldiers may be going unreported. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2022 The pandemic’s disproportionate toll on communities of color has drawn attention to longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in health and prompted concerted campaigns to address them. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Lockdowns, school closures and other changes took a disproportionate toll on women scientists juggling work and child care—a major problem that requires urgent redress. Joseph Bak-coleman, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2022 Two years into the pandemic, data shows that COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the poor. Julia Rendleman, ABC News, 18 Feb. 2022 Widespread vaccination could also help curb transmission of the virus in schools, minimizing disruptive closures and the risk of new outbreaks of a disease that has had a disproportionate toll on families of color. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2021 In 2008, Philip Blumenshine and his colleagues argued that America’s flu-pandemic plans overlooked the disproportionate toll that such a disaster would take upon socially disadvantaged people. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 29 Sep. 2021 In contemporary America, poverty is the reason a disproportionate number of certain groups end up in prison. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disproportionate

1555, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2022

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“Disproportionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportionate. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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