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proportional

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noun pro·por·tion·al \prə-ˈpȯr-shnəl, -shə-nəl\

Definition of proportional

  1. :  a number or quantity in a proportion

First Known Use of proportional

14th century

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proportional

adjective pro·por·tion·al

Definition of proportional

  1. 1a :  corresponding in size, degree, or intensityb :  having the same or a constant ratio corresponding sides of similar triangles are proportional

  2. 2 :  regulated or determined in size or degree with reference to proportions a proportional system of immigration quotas

proportionality

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proportionally

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Examples of proportional in a Sentence

  1. The features of the face in the drawing are proportional.

  2. the Web site's popularity increased exponentially, resulting in a proportional increase in advertising revenue

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First Known Use of proportional

15th century

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PROPORTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

proportional

adjective

Definition of proportional for English Language Learners

  • : having a size, number, or amount that is directly related to or appropriate for something

  • : having parts that are the correct or appropriate size in relation to each other


PROPORTIONAL Defined for Kids

proportional

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adjective pro·por·tion·al \prə-ˈpȯr-shə-nəl\

Definition of proportional for Students

  1. :  having a direct relationship to something in size, number, or amount The children received allowances proportional to their ages.

proportionally

adverb


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