inversely proportional


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 And since ozone concentration is inversely proportional to temperature, a warmer stratosphere equates to depletion of the ozone layer. Martin N. Ross, Scientific American, "An Underappreciated Danger of the New Space Age: Global Air Pollution," 6 Nov. 2020 The magnitude of this force is proportional to the product of the masses of the two objects and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Why Doesn't the Earth Have a Bunch of Mini Moons?," 8 Oct. 2020 Prestigious private schools typically have a low student-teacher ratio, while in public schools class size is often inversely proportional to funding — the less funding, the larger the classes. David Buice, Dallas News, "Finding the Right Private School for Your Family," 2 Oct. 2020 Third, the strength of T cell reactivity in people recovering from COVID-19 appears to be inversely proportional to disease severity; while there are exceptions, most people with a strong T cell response experience mild symptoms or none at all. Kevin Esvelt, Scientific American, "Could Exposure to the Common Cold Reduce the Severity of COVID-19 Infection?," 28 Sep. 2020 Cove’s first results, later published as his Ph.D. dissertation, were damning: woodrat population density was inversely proportional to the number of feral cats on the landscape. Carrie Arnold, Scientific American, "Can We Save the Woodrat without Slaughtering Cats?," 29 Mar. 2020 Their puny masses would be inversely proportional to those of the heavy neutrinos that arose in the early universe. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, "Antimatter Discovery Reveals Clues about the Universe’s Beginning," 23 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of inversely proportional

1723, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inversely proportional

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

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