Definition of proportional in English:

proportional

adjective

  • 1Corresponding in size or amount to something else.

    ‘the punishment should be proportional to the crime’
    • ‘Swords and knives, especially, were made to be directly proportional to the size of the user.’
    • ‘The stress generated by a situation seems to be inversely proportional to the amount of control you have over it.’
    • ‘Their ability to do so was assumed to be proportional to the size of their landholdings.’
    • ‘This shows countries drawn as geometric blocks whose size is proportional to the nation's total GDP.’
    • ‘Broadly speaking biodiversity is proportional to the amount of area that you can develop it in.’
    • ‘The amounts produced are proportional to the size of the gland, whether this is increased benignly or by prostate cancer.’
    • ‘Thus, the magnitude of the Effect is proportional to the size of the population that causes it.’
    • ‘History has shown that such groups will have voluntary, or involuntary, leaks proportional to the size of the group.’
    • ‘The effects of these gases were directly proportional to the amount inhaled by the soldier.’
    • ‘The circle sizes are proportional to the numbers of molecules they represent.’
    • ‘As such the amount paid in fees, proportional to the amount under management, has continued to increase.’
    • ‘The amount of injury is proportional to the duration and severity of the ischemia.’
    • ‘I think the amount they complain is directly proportional to the amount of money they make.’
    • ‘We may find that the numbers of collectors are proportional to modern population size or we may not.’
    • ‘The intensity of the fluorescence is proportional to the amount of product being made.’
    • ‘These odds are inversely proportional to the amount of your insurance payment.’
    • ‘Regardless of the particular model, the dollar impacts are small and roughly proportional to income.’
    • ‘The amount of tiles left out will be proportional to the size of the tile.’
    • ‘And it's got to be roughly proportional and roughly balanced, or else it breaks down.’
    • ‘The amount produced is proportional to the cooking time and accumulates with a second and subsequent heating.’
    corresponding, proportionate, comparable, in proportion, pro rata, commensurate, equivalent, consistent, relative, correlated, correlative, analogous, analogical
    commensurable
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    1. 1.1Mathematics
      (of a variable quantity) having a constant ratio to another quantity.
      • ‘Variances were assumed to be proportional to the square of the observed distances.’
      • ‘Instead the heat is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.’
      • ‘Edge lengths are proportional to inferred protein distances.’
      • ‘The ratio of the squares of the periods of two planets is directly proportional to the ratio of the cubes of the radii of their orbits.’
      • ‘Gravitational force is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between two objects.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin proportionalis, from proportio(n-) (see proportion).

Pronunciation:

proportional

/prəˈpɔːʃ(ə)n(ə)l/