- (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.
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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.With New Primary Rules, RNC Panel Will Aid the Establishment in 2016|Ben Jacobs|January 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.Questions Over Judge’s Rulings But Little Hope for Bradley Manning|Alexa O'Brien|July 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“These responses have to be proportional,” Maxwell told The New York Times.North Korea Threatens War, and South Korea Wants Revenge|Gordon G. Chang|April 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In order that the punishments of different classes of crime may be proportional, the punishments should be commensurable.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.|Leslie Stephen
Minute variations of the function are proportional to minute variations of the variable.
Friendship is a kind of exchange--equal between equals, and proportional between unequals; a repayment.
Sufficient and proportional margins add greatly to the usefulness and beauty of a book.Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering|Edward Johnston
It is found that the influence of different acids on this action is proportional to their specific coefficients of affinity.