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.

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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 researchers found that mannose sensitivity was inversely proportional to the levels of an enzyme that helps metabolize mannose. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sugar cures cancer! (Not really, but one sugar may help chemo)," 21 Nov. 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 Interestingly, that social force is related to the repulsive force between two electrons, which is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them—in other words, the force decreases as the distance between the particles increases. Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "How Fluid Dynamics Can Help You Navigate Crowds," 17 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of inversely proportional

1864, 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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to take the place or position of

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