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# 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 proportional
Contemporary Examples
• But the outage has raised the question of what that proportional response would look like, and whether it would be legal.

December 23, 2014
• This is more important than it may seem because it only allows a two-week window where delegate contests have to be proportional.

• Of course, like any investment, the risk is proportional to the reward.

January 9, 2014
• Benkler, a defense expert witness, testified, however, that Manning's leaks were proportional to the Information Age he lives in.

• “These responses have to be proportional,” Maxwell told The New York Times.

Historical Examples
• The discharge is proportional to the square root of the pressure.

• Mental recognition is proportional to the intensity of consciousness.

C. Gasquoine Hartley
• proportional representation and preferential voting I have mentioned.

Walter Lippmann
• As before, the work is also proportional to the weight elevated.

John Tyndall
• In the nature of the case there can be no proportional relation.

Martha M. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for proportional

## 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 proportional

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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