Definition of disproportionate
: being out of proportion a disproportionate share
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 of disproportionate from the Web
The eclipse crosses a dozen states, but Oregon may get a disproportionate number of visitors because of timing.
The script by de Pins and Ducord spends a disproportionate amount of time establishing the contours of its universe, clearly with an eye to world-building sufficiently to lay the groundwork for sequels.
Audi’s luxury cars account for a disproportionate share of Volkswagen’s profits, so any damage to Audi’s image would be particularly serious.
Critics of the accord say the limits on emissions place an onerous and disproportionate burden on American businesses (although other business leaders disagree).
Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities.
But the magnitude of Delta and British Airways' meltdowns—with tens of thousands of passengers affected—illustrates the disproportionate effect that one giant carrier’s situation can have on air travel.
Orphan drugs accounted for a disproportionate share, 41 percent, of all medications brought to market in 2014, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.
Living organisms will likely pump the planet's atmosphere with telltale chemicals or disproportionate amounts of gases.
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Definition of disproportionate for English Language Learners
: 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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