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[dis-pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-] /ˌdɪs prəˈpɔr ʃə nɪt, -ˈpoʊr-/
not proportionate; out of proportion, as in size or number.
1544-55; dis-1 + proportionate
Related forms
disproportionately, adverb
disproportionateness, noun Unabridged
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  • Scholars have long noted the disproportionate number of minority students in special education.
  • Community colleges face disproportionate cuts in state budgets.
  • Such preferences leave a disproportionate number of smaller animals and plants to reproduce.
  • You're likely to get a disproportionate amount of conversation on areas that aren't as vital.
  • There's some sense, too, that the collapse was disproportionate.
  • disproportionate old-age poverty would have a huge impact on the social backing for policies designed to foster growth.
  • Even more important, cooling accounts for a disproportionate share of electric utility costs.
  • Second, dominant groups have disproportionate control over the production and preservation of widely circulated stories.
  • By any measure, for-profit colleges account for a disproportionate share of student-loan defaults.
  • The collar is a little high, but it helps keep out the snow even if it looks a little disproportionate.
British Dictionary definitions for disproportionate


adjective (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃənɪt)
out of proportion; unequal
verb (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)
(chem) to undergo or cause to undergo disproportionation
Derived Forms
disproportionately, adverb
disproportionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disproportionate

1550s, from dis- "not" + proportionate. Improportionate in same sense is from late 14c. Related: Disproportionately.

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