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Definition of disproportionate

: being out of proportion a disproportionate share

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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 That year, Jennifer Berdahl, sociology professor at the University of British Columbia, started conducting extensive research on the disproportionate percentage of blonde women in high-level positions. Avery Stone, refinery29.com, "Bombshell‘s Oscar-Winning Hairstyles Told A Bigger Story About Fox News," 9 Feb. 2020 Prosecutors also are arguing that no matter Fletcher’s actions, Christian responded with vastly disproportionate force: using a deadly weapon. oregonlive, "Micah Fletcher takes stand in MAX stabbing trial: ‘I simply did what I should do’ to challenge bully," 4 Feb. 2020 People living through Brexit uncertainty or a natural disaster have disproportionate questions and concerns. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Watch Out for Coronavirus Phishing Scams," 31 Jan. 2020 During this period, Clinton received vastly disproportionate media attention, a phenomenon that neither went unnoticed nor unremarked upon. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Eternally Unvetted Bernie Sanders," 28 Jan. 2020 The court also said EPA failed to properly explain how the refiners would suffer disproportionate economic hardship by fulfilling its RFS’ obligations. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Sanders campaign recruits scientists to defend climate plan as Biden attacks," 27 Jan. 2020 The court said uncontested evidence showed a large and disproportionate number of Hispanic and American Indian voters relied on others to collect and deliver their early mail ballots. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Federal court says Arizona 'ballot harvesting' law discriminates against minority voters," 27 Jan. 2020 My female idols weren’t Britney or Beyoncé…. My women icons were the illustrations on clothing patterns, those disproportionate women in these insane poses wearing the most incredible things. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Exclusive: RuPaul, Drag Race season 12 cast give first interviews on ‘twisted’ new season," 23 Jan. 2020 Baldwin Wallace political scientist Tom Sutton said the existing system gives voters in sparsely populated areas disproportionate clout. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Should popular vote replace electoral college? Voters solidly in favor of move," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Disproportionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportionate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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