disproportionate

adjective
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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According to the Indian Health Service, Native people have experienced lower life expectancies and disproportionate disease burdens compared with other Americans. Evelyn Lillemoe / St. Paul Academy, Twin Cities, "ThreeSixty Journalism: Native lacrosse mixes competition and ceremony," 31 Aug. 2019 In fact, our culinary traditions have evolved to make disproportionate use of undesirable parts of the animal. Liz Specht, WIRED, "Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies," 19 Aug. 2019 Five years after police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., fatally shot Michael Brown, protesters and activist groups have focused public attention on the disproportionate use of force against African Americans and other people of color. Los Angeles Times, "Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America," 16 Aug. 2019 Gender inequality continues to prevail in most professional sports — and professional road cycling is among the worst, with a vicious cycle of hugely disproportionate funding, payouts, support and attention bestowed upon the sport’s men vs. women. Lucy Diaz, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Equality for women in pro cycling, starting with this year’s Colorado Classic," 17 July 2019 Part of the rationale of legalizing marijuana in Washington state in 2012 was to remedy the disproportionate effect the drug war has had on people of color, but minority ownership of cannabis businesses in the state remains paltry. Gene Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "5 years in, Washington considers overhaul of pot regulation," 30 Aug. 2019 Having released half of the highest-performing movies of the year so far, Disney is sitting on the fat end of a seesaw that seems to be getting only more wildly disproportionate. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "Summer movies circa 2019: A season of random blips and nostalgia trips," 29 Aug. 2019 Part of the rationale of legalizing marijuana in Washington state in 2012 was to remedy the disproportionate effect the drug war has had on people of color, but minority ownership of cannabis businesses in the state remains paltry. Gene Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "5 years in, Washington considers overhaul of pot regulation," 28 Aug. 2019 Today, nobody wants to remember that only a few weeks after her death, the supreme court of India found her closest aides guilty in a disproportionate assets case. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "By only praising the dead politician, you are being the worst kind of fake," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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disproportionate

adjective

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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