dis·​pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ ˌdis-prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce disproportionate (audio) \

Definition of disproportionate

: being out of proportion a disproportionate share

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disproportionately adverb

Examples of disproportionate in a Sentence

He believes that middle-class people bear a disproportionate share of the tax burden. A disproportionate number of the students are poor.
Recent Examples on the Web The number of people working full time and year-round dropped by about 13.7 million, and a disproportionate number of those experiencing cutbacks were lower-wage workers. BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2021 The same higher education students hit hardest by the pandemic in terms of their ability to stay connected at school and progress in their studies face a disproportionate number of challenges in other areas. Michael Kubit, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Less than 1 percent of the nation served and a disproportionate number of troops came from rural counties in the South and West, far from the seats of power. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 At a meeting of CDC vaccine advisers, Dr. Heather Scobie said a disproportionate number of vaccine breakthroughs are among immunocompromised people. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 14 Aug. 2021 What that means is that people who are extremely vulnerable — and a disproportionate number who are BIPOC — are going to be hurt. oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2021 Two Black trans women, Jaida Peterson and Remy Fennell, were killed in the city in the span of two weeks, and a disproportionate number of trans homicides take place in the Southeast. NBC News, 10 Aug. 2021 The documents Rapp referred to, which were released by the conservative government watchdog Judicial Watch earlier this week, showed what many have described as a disproportionate number of minority fetuses. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 7 Aug. 2021 At the end of it would be a house, the only one for miles, and in it a couple (or a widow; there seemed to be a disproportionate number of widows in the Hill Country) who weren’t accustomed to having long conversations with strangers. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of disproportionate

1555, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disproportionate was in 1555

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17 Sep 2021

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“Disproportionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disproportionate. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disproportionate

: having or showing a difference that is not fair, reasonable, or expected : too large or too small in relation to something


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