Main definitions of disproportionate in English

: disproportionate1disproportionate2

disproportionate1

adjective

  • Too large or too small in comparison with something else:

    ‘people on lower incomes spend a disproportionate amount of their income on fuel’
    ‘persistent offenders were given sentences that were disproportionate to the offences they had committed’
    • ‘Very obese people tend not to exercise and are frequently poor, and they spend a disproportionate amount of time dieting.’
    • ‘It's received a wholly disproportionate amount of attention just because of his name.’
    • ‘These can take a disproportionate amount of time and funding, to the detriment of local priorities.’
    • ‘For someone with what you might call a small social circle, I get invited to a disproportionate amount of weddings.’
    • ‘The disproportionate amount of privately educated applicants who continue to win places each year is a concern.’
    • ‘Kate gets a disproportionate amount of wreckage to build her shelter.’
    • ‘So I guess we've all spent a disproportionate amount of time in the three second-hand shops.’
    • ‘We must all understand what takes up a disproportionate amount of the available police resources we all call for.’
    • ‘That can take up a disproportionate amount of time and there is therefore less time spent on the business of teaching and learning.’
    • ‘This economic control gives capitalists a disproportionate amount of power in all realms of society.’
    • ‘The Sheikh's willingness to spend disproportionate amounts of money for certain objects has astonished the art world.’
    • ‘In a country which is invariably ruled by coalitions, a small number of seats can buy a disproportionate amount of power.’
    • ‘Cops spend a disproportionate amount of time in their cars, driving around on motor patrol.’
    • ‘Readings take up a disproportionate amount of my time and, more importantly, emotional energy, I find.’
    • ‘They took up a disproportionate amount of teachers' time and caused unreasonable stress.’
    • ‘Under Japan's political system, towns like Towa wield a disproportionate amount of influence.’
    • ‘It turned out that a disproportionate amount of the unclaimed luggage originated from the Indian sub-continent.’
    • ‘California bears a disproportionate amount of the cost of illegal immigration.’
    • ‘Of course in reality I know some very nice people with beards (as well as a disproportionate amount of idiots).’
    • ‘Rivals complain that Murphy has disproportionate amounts of cash with which to distort the market.’
    out of proportion to, not in proportion to, not appropriate to, not commensurate with, relatively too large for, relatively too small for
    inordinate, unreasonable, excessive, uncalled for, undue, unfair, unbalanced, uneven, unequal, irregular
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from dis- (expressing absence) + proportionate, on the pattern of French disproportionné.

Pronunciation:

disproportionate

/ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃ(ə)nət/

Main definitions of disproportionate in English

: disproportionate1disproportionate2

disproportionate2

verb

[NO OBJECT]Chemistry
  • Undergo disproportionation:

    ‘water disproportionates to oxygen and hydrogen’
    • ‘The rapidly induced production of ROS under stress conditions initially results in the production of O.2 -, which then disproportionates to H 2 O 2 either spontaneously or via superoxide dismutase.’
    • ‘When bubbled through alkaline water, chlorine gas disproportionates to form chloride ion and hypochlorite ion.’
    • ‘The latter disproportionates to H 2 O 2 and O2.’
    • ‘MDAsA is spontaneously disproportionated to AsA and dehydroascorbate (DAsA).’
    • ‘MDA disproportionates to dehydroascorbate and AsA if it is not immediately reduced.’

Pronunciation:

disproportionate

/ˌdɪsprəˈpɔːʃ(ə)nət/