# proportional

[pruh-pawr-shuh-nl, -pohr-] /prəˈpɔr ʃə nl, -ˈpoʊr-/
1.
having due proportion; corresponding.
2.
being in or characterized by proportion.
3.
of, relating to, or based on proportion; relative.
4.
Mathematics.
1. (of two quantities) having the same or a constant ratio or relation:
The quantities y and x are proportional if y/x = k, where k is the constant of proportionality.
2. (of a first quantity with respect to a second quantity) a constant multiple of:
The quantity y is proportional to x if y = kx, where k is the constant of proportionality.
Origin of proportional
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English proporcional < Latin prōportiōnālis. See proportion, -al1
Related forms
proportionality, noun
Can be confused
proportional, proportionate.
Synonyms
1. harmonious, comparative, accordant, consonant, proportionate.
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Examples from the Web for proportionality
Contemporary Examples
• What Rubin is arguing against—his blogpost is titled "The Perils of proportionality"—are concepts enshrined in international law.

August 15, 2013
• Anything else—such as stopping at 50,000 for the sake of ‘proportionality’—would have been wrong, absurd and counterproductive.

• His most recent book is proportionality in International Law, published by Oxford University Press.

• Noting that my percentages were off still dodges the argument about proportionality.

July 1, 2012
• This lack of proportionality affects coverage of the Palestinian side as well.

July 1, 2012
Historical Examples
• This curve expresses, in terms of value, the idea of proportionality which is an essential part of the quantity theory.

Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
• But, I repeat, this proportionality is not inherent in the notion of value.

Frdric Bastiat
• Communism rejects independence and proportionality; property does not satisfy equality and law.

P. J. Proudhon
• It is a proof that where this competition does not exist the proportionality ceases.

Frdric Bastiat
• And now observe how well this conception falls in with the law of proportionality discovered by Newton.

John Tyndall
British Dictionary definitions for proportionality

## proportional

/prəˈpɔːʃənəl/
1.
of, involving, or being in proportion
2.
(maths) having or related by a constant ratio
noun
3.
(maths) an unknown term in a proportion: in a/b = c/x, x is the fourth proportional
Derived Forms
proportionality, noun
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Word Origin and History for proportionality
n.

1560s, from French proportionalité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin proportionalitas, from proportio (see proportion).

## proportional

late 14c. (implied in proportionally), from Late Latin proportionalis "pertaining to proportions," from proportio (see proportion). Related: Proportionally.

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