Definition of disproportion in English:



  • An instance of being out of proportion with something else.

    ‘there is a disproportion between the scale of expenditure and any benefit that could possibly result’
    mass noun ‘women undergoing caesarean section because of feto-pelvic disproportion’
    • ‘In the foreseeable future, the disproportion between the United States and any other state will widen.’
    • ‘In the late 19th and early 20th C. the US Army had a huge disproportion of off-the-boat Irish Catholics.’
    • ‘When people criticise the Government's apparent obsession with spin and presentation, they are really criticising the disproportion between the energy of the apparatus and the modesty of the outcome.’
    • ‘But, it's not the wedding I resent as much as the disproportion of it all.’
    • ‘This meant that it was unrealistic to harmonise the economic systems of Serbia and Montenegro because of major disproportions in the structure of the two economies, he said.’
    • ‘In a number of Adès's works there is a curious disproportion between the scale of the music's emotional impact and the amount of time it takes to achieve that impact.’
    • ‘In itself that is a limitation, it might be regarded as a disproportion; no matter, there is no help - he must work within the limits of his love.’
    • ‘Since our inclination is usually to evade what's difficult, we may find an increasing disproportion between our power and our depth.’
    • ‘That disproportion brings unhappiness we know - not always, of course, practicing proportionality ourselves.’
    • ‘That was when I began to notice the obscene disproportion of taxpayers' money spent on London.’
    • ‘All sustained strategic bombing campaigns, moreover, depend on a disproportion between the economic resources of the attacking and defending sides.’
    • ‘And obviously we are intended to agree, for otherwise the disproportion between his action and Angelo's proposed punishment would not strike us so forcibly, and the tension would go out of the play.’
    • ‘An awareness that a tragic disproportion of black Americans are poor has been a hallmark of civic awareness among educated Americans for 40 years now.’
    • ‘There's been a significant disproportion for 30 years now between the level of risk the company takes on and the premiums they charge.’
    • ‘The disproportion between his new self-perception and his actual social status as an ordinary businessman and later as a derided cult leader was unbearable.’
    • ‘The monumentality of the study is accentuated by the deliberate disproportion in scale: the soaring high windows contrast with the heavy low furnishings.’
    • ‘In China today, the more literate provinces tend in fact to have somewhat higher, not lower, sex ratios at birth; and in India it is urban, not rural, areas in which the disproportion between boys and girls is greatest.’
    • ‘The disproportion of parks on Vancouver's Westside compared to the city's Eastside is of absurd dimensions.’
    • ‘But in the case of China and Taiwan, the disproportion in scale of population and power between the mainland and the island is enormous.’
    • ‘The disproportion between the sculpture and the human throng reminded me of a device employed by Piranesi in his engravings of ancient Rome.’
    discrepancy, inconsistency, imbalance, inequality, incongruity, unevenness
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Mid 16th century: from dis- (expressing absence) + proportion, on the pattern of French disproportion.