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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
First recorded in 1544-55; dis-1 + proportionate
Related forms
disproportionately, adverb
disproportionateness, noun Unabridged
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  • Observe the massive, masculine fingers and disproportionately small finger-nails in the hands of Professor Weekes, the sculptor.

  • They are characterised by the disproportionately large beak.

  • The girl seemed all eyes and neck, and the coils of brown hair wreathed round the head were disproportionately rich and heavy.

    Lady Connie Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Her bridge and single deck-house were disproportionately high.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • Because of its smaller total numbers, the Confederate army was disproportionately weakened by the losses in battle.

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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