# proportional

[pruh-pawr-shuh-nl, -pohr-]

- having due proportion; corresponding.
- being in or characterized by proportion.
- of, relating to, or based on proportion; relative.
- Mathematics.
- (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.
- (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.

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## Origin of proportional^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. harmonious, comparative, accordant, consonant, proportionate.

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## Examples from the Web for proportionally

### Contemporary Examples

#### Their surfaces are a froth of magnetic storms, proportionally more violent than the worst weather on the Sun.

#### Meager as it was, that 2-cent mechanical rate of 1914 proportionally dwarfs the 9.1 cents per physical copy paid today.

#### They're both inexplicably wealthy and powerful, with beautiful girlfriends and proportionally smug attitudes.

#### My military assured me that we could act today, tomorrow, a month from now, that we could do so proportionally, but meaningfully.

Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Their Craven and Brazen Hypocrisy on SyriaMichael Tomasky

September 9, 2013

#### Vermont proportionally allocates its delegates but only to candidates who get at least 20 percent of the vote.

### Historical Examples

#### In respect to population, the increase is proportionally great.

#### Victory had inclined to the side of Mascarin, and he was proportionally jubilant.

Caught In The NetEmile Gaboriau

#### This was more than the other families in the mission had proportionally.

Mary and IStephen Return Riggs

#### The abdomen is proportionally longer than in tenebrosus (fig. 213).

The Common Spiders of the United StatesJames Henry Emerton

#### The losses are proportionally large if there is miscalculation of demand.

The Principles of EconomicsFrank A. Fetter

# proportional

- of, involving, or being in proportion
- maths having or related by a constant ratio

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- maths an unknown term in a proportionin a/b = c/x, x is the fourth proportional

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## Word Origin and History for proportionally

# proportional

### adj.

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

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