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OTHER WORDS FROM disproportionatedis·pro·por·tion·ate·ly, adverbdis·pro·por·tion·ate·ness, noun
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What does disproportionate mean?
Disproportionate means uneven or out of balance with something in terms of size, ratio, degree, or extent.
Disproportionate is the opposite of proportionate. Proportionate is the adjective form of the noun proportion, which refers to the relative size of two or more things. When something is described as disproportionate to something else, it means they are somehow unevenly matched.
Example: The military response—striking a dozen different sites with missiles—has been criticized as disproportionate to the act that supposedly provoked it—a single plane briefly entering a no-fly zone.
Where does disproportionate come from?
The first records of disproportionate come from the mid-1500s. The word is a combination of the prefix dis-, meaning “not,” and the word proportionate. Proportionate is the adjective form of the noun proportion, which comes from the Latin prōportiōn-, meaning “symmetry” or “analogy.”
In general, disproportionate relates to the sizes, degrees, and amounts of things in comparison to each other. Some things are disproportionate based on being outside of what their usual proportions should be. Michelangelo’s famous sculpture David is disproportionate—the head and hands are much larger than they would be on a person of that size (of course, this was almost certainly done intentionally).
Scientists might find that a disease disproportionately affects certain people (such as those with a certain genetic makeup), meaning it affects them more than a random selection of the population. The word disproportionate is often used in criticism of things that are out of proportion in an unfair way. A punishment might be called disproportionate if it’s overly extreme, such as a long prison sentence for a minor crime.
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What are some other forms related to disproportionate?
- disproportion (noun)
- disproportionately (adverb)
- proportioned (adjective)
- disproportionateness (noun)
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How is disproportionate used in real life?
The word disproportionate indicates unevenness and it often implies unfairness.
Pompeo in calls with foreign counterparts today is reiterating "the United States is committed to de-escalation," even as Trump is threatening Iran with a "disproportionate" military response including striking Iranian cultural sites
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) January 6, 2020
Have you ever seen something as anatomically disproportionate as the Canada Lynx? pic.twitter.com/g7V9Ze6epN
— Jameson Di Nucci (@jamesondinucci) May 7, 2020
We should all be critical of the disproportionate number of NSF fellows awarded to students from top tiered institutions and challenge the application process to be more equitable
— Jamelle (@JamelleWD) April 1, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for disproportionate
Defending yourself with disproportionate force against any loss of power?Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not only do they often face disproportionate stigma, but also disproportionate responsibility.
The loss of Scottish bases would have “a disproportionate” impact on efficiency, he said.
Disproportionate death tolls, tragic though they may be, are an excuse to place Israel in an utterly indefensible position.
Because my disproportionate reaction is precisely why the law needs to be impartial.
That these expenses have at times been extravagant and disproportionate is very probable.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents,|Edited by James D. Richardson
The cause of this sum being so disproportionate to either of the others may be explained by there being included in it 2000l.The Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry VIII from November MDXXIX, to December MDXXXII|Nicholas Harris Nicolas
Without this precaution, a single very large family might exercise a disproportionate and even overwhelming statistical influence.Finger Prints|Francis Galton
By the time I was fifteen I was as tall as the captain himself, and then my share of bruises ceased to be so disproportionate.Humphrey Bold|Herbert Strang
In the quiet and darkness of the place it seemed to possess a disproportionate weight—almost the weight of a familiar thing.The Masquerader|Katherine Cecil Thurston