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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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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