[dis-pruh-pawr-shuh n, -pohr-]


lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.
something out of proportion: the disproportions of an awkward body.

verb (used with object)

Origin of disproportion

1545–55; dis-1 + proportion; compare Middle French disproportion
Related formsdis·pro·por·tion·a·ble, adjectivedis·pro·por·tion·a·ble·ness, noundis·pro·por·tion·a·bly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of disproportion

  • Comparisons are complicated, but the disproportion is overwhelming.

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    April 5, 2009

Historical Examples of disproportion

British Dictionary definitions for disproportion



lack of proportion or equality
an instance of disparity or inequality


(tr) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal
Derived Formsdisproportionable, adjectivedisproportionableness, noundisproportionably, adverbdisproportional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disproportion

1550s; see dis- + proportion.

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