Definition of inverse proportion in English:

inverse proportion

(also inverse ratio)


  • A relation between two quantities such that one increases in proportion as the other decreases.

    ‘the population of wild goats had been reduced in inverse proportion to that of snakes’
    • ‘Direct proportion, inverse proportion and compound proportion are all studied.’
    • ‘Sami's career has developed in inverse proportions to the hype surrounding him, but now that skepticism has begun to take root, his performances have grown.’
    • ‘He may not have known a thing about fractions and inverse ratios in school, but he knew everything about harmonics and a tenor pan.’
    • ‘In inverse proportion to Steve's dynamism, I grow progressively more lax.’
    • ‘One of them may or may not have been related to the band's motivation declining in an inverse proportion to their moderately ascending popularity.’
    • ‘The inverse ratio of quality and quantity has never been more starkly illustrated.’
    • ‘The Swedish economist Fredrik Erixon has noted the inverse ratio between aid and growth, and shown how aid diverts money from productive activity to inefficient statist projects.’
    • ‘Donations from member states would be based on an inverse proportion mode in which those member states that benefit more would also pay more but those who benefit less from the fund pay less.’
    • ‘I think of petty dictators with extravagant titles in inverse proportion to their country's significance on the world stage.’
    • ‘This year, the money in stock funds grew 4.8 trillion won, while the money in bond funds fell 11 trillion won, as bond yields, which move in inverse proportion to bond prices, headed upward.’
    • ‘Typically, in such disputes, the violence of partisan passions is in inverse proportion to the depth of real disagreements.’
    • ‘But, with wine, quantity and quality arrive in inverse proportions, so the more devastated the grapes are, the better the wine.’
    • ‘Conversely, we hypothesize that other families have increased resistance to breast cancer and carry an inverse ratio of these alleles.’
    • ‘As the talent and money that are poured into advertising grow, so there seems to be an inverse ratio of both invested in programme making.’
    • ‘As one critic sardonically put it, their dollar salaries rise in inverse proportion to the obscurity of their work.’
    • ‘Indeed, the EU has attitudes in inverse proportion to its ability to act on them.’
    • ‘Reaching that potential involves a law of inverse proportion: the more exciting and romantic the challenge, the more mundane and practical must be the approach.’
    • ‘The ‘mass-ratio’ of two bodies is ‘the negative inverse ratio of the mutually induced accelerations of those bodies', and ‘force’ is the ‘product of mass and acceleration’.’
    • ‘So, purely anecdotally and unscientifically, there's an inverse ratio here, where men are more likely to write, but less likely to have anything worth writing about.’
    • ‘To build on what she said, I've noticed there's an inverse proportion between how much I like myself and how much time I spend thinking about my boyfriend.’