[dis-pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-]
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Origin of disproportionate

First recorded in 1544–55; dis-1 + proportionate
Related formsdis·pro·por·tion·ate·ly, adverbdis·pro·por·tion·ate·ness, noun
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Historical Examples of disproportionate

  • The brain in Ants as in Man has undergone a disproportionate development.

  • Surely the gods, by miracle, must have checked so disproportionate a sacrifice!

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • This burthen did not seem at all disproportionate to their strength.

    A Hundred Anecdotes of Animals

    Percy J. Billinghurst

  • Satisfactory; yet surely she greeted it with disproportionate joy.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • John and Christine were paying all the bill—at least a disproportionate amount.

    Double Harness

    Anthony Hope

British Dictionary definitions for disproportionate


adjective (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃənɪt)
  1. out of proportion; unequal
verb (ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)
  1. chem to undergo or cause to undergo disproportionation
Derived Formsdisproportionately, adverbdisproportionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disproportionate

1550s, from dis- "not" + proportionate. Improportionate in same sense is from late 14c. Related: Disproportionately.

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