proportional

noun
pro·​por·​tion·​al | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shnəl How to pronounce proportional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of proportional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a number or quantity in a proportion

proportional

adjective

Definition of proportional (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : corresponding in size, degree, or intensity
b : having the same or a constant ratio corresponding sides of similar triangles are proportional
2 : regulated or determined in size or degree with reference to proportions a proportional system of immigration quotas

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Other Words from proportional

Adjective

proportionality \ prə-​ˌpȯr-​shə-​ˈna-​lə-​tē How to pronounce proportionality (audio) \ noun
proportionally \ prə-​ˈpȯr-​shnə-​lē How to pronounce proportionally (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for proportional

Synonyms: Adjective

commensurable, commensurate, proportionate

Antonyms: Adjective

disproportionate

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Examples of proportional in a Sentence

Adjective

The features of the face in the drawing are proportional. the Web site's popularity increased exponentially, resulting in a proportional increase in advertising revenue

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The US Food and Drug Administration, which approves pharmaceutical products, requires that women are included in research, but doesn’t require that their participation is proportional to the burden of disease. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "25 years of women being underrepresented in medical research, in charts," 3 July 2019 Ivanishvili, in his first public appearance since the crisis erupted, said Georgian Dream has agreed to change the election law earlier than planned and to hold next year’s parliamentary election based on a fully proportional system. Washington Post, "Georgia’s ruling party announces electoral changes," 24 June 2019 But if nothing else, watching Steph Curry try to pull this off should bring one thing into crystal-clear focus for the crowd that likes to peddle the nonsense that a player’s greatness is proportional to their record in NBA Finals. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Steph Curry sees what it's like to play without All-Stars surrounding him," 5 June 2019 And that's been the lopsided tone, and lousy proportional pay standard, ever since. Sally Jenkins, courant.com, "The US women’s national team is an American treasure. Pay them a bounty.," 12 June 2019 And that’s been the lopsided tone, and lousy proportional pay standard, ever since. Sally Jenkins, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. women’s soccer team is an American treasure. Pay them.," 12 June 2019 That is 3% of the entire league, and 38 times Samoans’ proportional share of the U.S. population. Rob Ruck, WSJ, "The Samoan Way of Football," 20 July 2018 The region corresponding to the first symbol is identified, then that region is sub-divided (again, with each symbol's share proportional to its frequency) to encode the second symbol, and so forth. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 The result is that the mirror starts to vibrate at 1kHz, with the amplitude of the kHz proportional to the energy imparted by the particle collisions going on in the mirror. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of proportional

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of proportional was in the 14th century

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proportional

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of proportional

: 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

adjective
pro·​por·​tion·​al | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shə-nəl How to pronounce proportional (audio) \

Kids Definition of proportional

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

Other Words from proportional

proportionally adverb

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