- (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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His most recent book is Proportionality in International Law, published by Oxford University Press.Iraqi Insurgents Circulate the Lie That They Killed the Judge in Saddam’s Trial|Michael Newton|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What Rubin is arguing against—his blogpost is titled "The Perils of Proportionality"—are concepts enshrined in international law.
International human rights law dictates that, when people protest, governments must adhere to "proportionality" in their response.
Noting that my percentages were off still dodges the argument about proportionality.
This lack of proportionality affects coverage of the Palestinian side as well.
Proportionality of cause to effect is apparently disobeyed not only in physical but also in mental phenomena.The Scientific Basis of National Progress|George Gore
The limiting tension beyond which the above law of proportionality fails is often called the “limit of linear elasticity.”
Communism rejects independence and proportionality; property does not satisfy equality and law.What is Property?|P. J. Proudhon
If we take spark as cause and explosion as effect there is obviously no proportionality between the cause and its effect.Spencer's Philosophy of Science|C. Lloyd Morgan
This curve expresses, in terms of value, the idea of proportionality which is an essential part of the quantity theory.The Value of Money|Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.