inversely proportional

adjective

Definition of inversely proportional

: related by inverse variation — compare directly proportional

Examples of inversely proportional in a Sentence

The study indicates that the unemployment rate and inflation are inversely proportional.
Recent Examples on the Web So an axion would behave more like a wave (or wave packet) than a particle, and the size of the wave packets is inversely proportional to their mass. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists propose listening for dark matter with plasma-based “axion radio”," 17 Oct. 2019 Buying a truck can be a lesson on the paradox of choice, which says that happiness is inversely proportional to the number of options available. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Six Best Trucks You Can Buy Right Now," 26 Nov. 2019 The amount of assist supplied is inversely proportional to vehicle speed, with the highest levels of assist provided at lower vehicle speeds. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford recalls F-150, Explorer, Expedition for seats may detach in crash," 18 June 2019 As a result, the success of conifers and edibles is typically an inversely proportional relationship. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 All watching this saga cannot help but note that the ability to obtain a guilty plea by those prosecuting the president and his supporters is inversely proportional to the wealth of the defendant. WSJ, "The Questionable Case Against Gen. Flynn," 17 Dec. 2018 The Law of the Diaper Blowout: The noise your infant's bowel movements produce is inversely proportional to how quiet the surrounding environment is. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "Murphy's 8 Laws of Children," 12 Dec. 2011 As a result, the success of conifers and edibles is typically an inversely proportional relationship. Colin Mccrate, The Seattle Times, "Our native evergreen huckleberry brings dynamic color and oodles of fruit to your edible shade garden," 20 Feb. 2019 All watching this saga cannot help but note that the ability to obtain a guilty plea by those prosecuting the president and his supporters is inversely proportional to the wealth of the defendant. WSJ, "The Questionable Case Against Gen. Flynn," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of inversely proportional

1723, in the meaning defined above

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“Inversely proportional.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inversely%20proportional. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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inversely proportional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inversely proportional

: related so that as one becomes larger the other becomes smaller

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