# proportional

### adjective

- (of two quantities) having the same or a constant ratio or relation: The quantities y and x are proportional if y/x = k, where k is the constant of proportionality.
- (of a first quantity with respect to a second quantity) a constant multiple of: The quantity y is proportional to x if y = kx, where k is the constant of proportionality.

## Origin of proportional

## Synonyms for proportional

## Related Words for proportional

comparable, corresponding, commensurate, reciprocal, relative, comparative, equivalent, equal, even, correlative, harmonious, symmetrical## Examples from the Web for proportional

### Contemporary Examples of proportional

But the outage has raised the question of what that proportional response would look like, and whether it would be legal.

This is more important than it may seem because it only allows a two-week window where delegate contests have to be proportional.

Of course, like any investment, the risk is proportional to the reward.

Benkler, a defense expert witness, testified, however, that Manning's leaks were proportional to the Information Age he lives in.

“These responses have to be proportional,” Maxwell told The New York Times.

### Historical Examples of proportional

The discharge is proportional to the square root of the pressure.

Mental recognition is proportional to the intensity of consciousness.

The Truth About WomanC. Gasquoine Hartley

Proportional representation and preferential voting I have mentioned.

A Preface to PoliticsWalter Lippmann

As before, the work is also proportional to the weight elevated.

Fragments of science, V. 1-2John Tyndall

In the nature of the case there can be no proportional relation.

Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and WhyMartha M. Allen