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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.
Origin of disproportionate
1544-55; dis-1 + proportionate
Related forms
disproportionately, adverb
disproportionateness, noun Unabridged
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  • By looking through a pair of binoculars, a limb can be made to appear disproportionately large or small.
  • Still, people often worry disproportionately about disasters that are unlikely to occur.
  • Now, this will disproportionately affect the poor, as the price for pretty much everything will increase.
British Dictionary definitions for disproportionately


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 disproportionately



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

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