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 One of the oldest traditions in workout design is that of making the intensity and the duration of intervals inversely proportional. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 This force depends on the mass of both objects and has a magnitude inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the centers of the two bodies. Rhett Allain, Wired, 24 Sep. 2021 But the event’s outcome is ultimately decided by the machinations of powerful guys whose ruthlessness seems inversely proportional to their health. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Nov. 2021 That’s in large part thanks to Hale herself, an avowedly outdoorsy person whose talent seems somehow inversely proportional to her (lack of) interest in gaming — a vocal powerhouse able to emote seemingly without cue or context. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 7 Aug. 2018 Fairly or not, people's reverence for weddings tends to be inversely proportional to their number. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 And since ozone concentration is inversely proportional to temperature, a warmer stratosphere equates to depletion of the ozone layer. Martin N. Ross, Scientific American, 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, 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, 2 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of inversely proportional

1723, in the meaning defined above

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“Inversely proportional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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