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proportional

[ pruh-pawr-shuh-nl, -pohr- ]
/ prəˈpɔr ʃə nl, -ˈpoʊr- /
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adjective

having due proportion; corresponding.
being in or characterized by proportion.
of, relating to, or based on proportion; relative.
Mathematics.
  1. (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.
  2. (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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Origin of proportional

1350–1400; Middle English proporcional < Latin prōportiōnālis. See proportion, -al1
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proportional

/ (prəˈpɔːʃənəl) /

adjective

of, involving, or being in proportion
maths having or related by a constant ratio

noun

maths an unknown term in a proportionin a/b = c/x, x is the fourth proportional
Derived Formsproportionality, nounproportionally, adverb
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