[ dis-pruh-pawr-shuhn, -pohr- ]
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  1. lack of proportion; lack of proper relationship in size, number, etc.: architectural disproportions.

  2. 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

Other words from disproportion

  • dis·pro·por·tion·a·ble, adjective
  • dis·pro·por·tion·a·ble·ness, noun
  • dis·pro·por·tion·a·bly, adverb

Words Nearby disproportion

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How to use disproportion in a sentence

  • The same disproportion of number and value may be noticed on many occasions between the sin-offering and the peace offering.

    Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
  • Not that there is in that course—in its achievements—any disproportion with the previous promise.

    The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan

British Dictionary definitions for disproportion


/ (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃən) /

  1. lack of proportion or equality

  2. an instance of disparity or inequality

  1. (tr) to cause to become exaggerated or unequal

Derived forms of disproportion

  • disproportionable, adjective
  • disproportionableness, noun
  • disproportionably, adverb
  • disproportional, adjective

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