Origin of disproportionate
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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- 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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How to use disproportionate in a sentence
Critics said the data grab was unconstitutional and disproportionate, and it was eventually struck down by the supreme court.Brazil is sliding into techno-authoritarianism|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Portland is not the first place the federal government has stepped in with disproportionate force against the will of local authorities.What Happened In Portland Shows Just How Fragile Our Democracy Is|Maggie Koerth (firstname.lastname@example.org)|August 5, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
During this pandemic, you can already see the disproportionate impact taking shape.How The Pandemic Could Force A Generation Of Mothers Out Of The Workforce|Neil Paine (email@example.com)|July 27, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
The impact of such disparities, he said, is evident in the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on people of color.Which Cities Have The Biggest Racial Gaps In COVID-19 Testing Access?|Soo Rin Kim|July 22, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
That’s even more disproportionate than the county as a whole.School Leaders Can’t Suspend the Discipline Discussion Any Longer|Will Huntsberry|July 16, 2020|Voice of San Diego
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
Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be.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 Silent Shame of HPV|Emily Shire|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But when this same chamber serves as Ferguson Municipal Court, a disproportionate number of the defendants are black.Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household|Michael Daly|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The loss of Scottish bases would have “a disproportionate” impact on efficiency, he said.Britain's High-Tech New Plan to Rule the Waves|Bill Sweetman|August 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The first and largest of these had a thick bamboo stem, an amber mouthpiece, and a tiny, disproportionate bowl of brass.Dope|Sax Rohmer
A pulmonary embolism shouldn't kill him, but the effects were disproportionate to the cause and would last a while.Insidekick|Jesse Franklin Bone
Such razzias caused an amount of evil quite disproportionate to any paltry gains made by plundering those poor people.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
Even there, however, their numbers are disproportionate to their influence, and even those small numbers are diminishing.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
This was secured by assigning to the five classes, into which each tribe was divided, a very disproportionate number of citizens.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States|James Hamilton Lewis