- having due proportion; corresponding.
- being in or characterized by proportion.
- of, relating to, or based on proportion; relative.
- (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
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Related Words for proportionalityrate, scale, proportion, quota, similarity, harmony, rhythm, equilibrium, correspondence, relationship, equation, arrangement, fraction, correlation, quotient, proportionality, finish, equality, form, equivalence
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Contemporary Examples of proportionality
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
June 28, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of proportionality
But, I repeat, this proportionality is not inherent in the notion of value.
It is a proof that where this competition does not exist the proportionality ceases.
Thorium and uranium, proportionality of, in older rocks, 26.The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays
J. (John) Joly
Proportionality of cause to effect is apparently disobeyed not only in physical but also in mental phenomena.The Scientific Basis of National Progress
For ordinary samples of crepe and sheet the relationship is, however, not very far removed from proportionality.The Preparation of Plantation Rubber
- of, involving, or being in proportion
- maths having or related by a constant ratio
- maths an unknown term in a proportionin a/b = c/x, x is the fourth proportional
Word Origin and History for proportionality
1560s, from French proportionalité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin proportionalitas, from proportio (see proportion).
late 14c. (implied in proportionally), from Late Latin proportionalis "pertaining to proportions," from proportio (see proportion). Related: Proportionally.