Main definitions of disproportionate in US 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’
    ‘their sentences were disproportionate to the offenses they had committed’
    • ‘This economic control gives capitalists a disproportionate amount of power in all realms of society.’
    • ‘In a country which is invariably ruled by coalitions, a small number of seats can buy a disproportionate amount of power.’
    • ‘They took up a disproportionate amount of teachers' time and caused unreasonable stress.’
    • ‘Rivals complain that Murphy has disproportionate amounts of cash with which to distort the market.’
    • ‘The disproportionate amount of privately educated applicants who continue to win places each year is a concern.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's received a wholly disproportionate amount of attention just because of his name.’
    • ‘Very obese people tend not to exercise and are frequently poor, and they spend a disproportionate amount of time dieting.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘The Sheikh's willingness to spend disproportionate amounts of money for certain objects has astonished the art world.’
    • ‘It turned out that a disproportionate amount of the unclaimed luggage originated from the Indian sub-continent.’
    • ‘Kate gets a disproportionate amount of wreckage to build her shelter.’
    • ‘Under Japan's political system, towns like Towa wield a disproportionate amount of influence.’
    • ‘These can take a disproportionate amount of time and funding, to the detriment of local priorities.’
    • ‘So I guess we've all spent a disproportionate amount of time in the three second-hand shops.’
    • ‘For someone with what you might call a small social circle, I get invited to a disproportionate amount of weddings.’
    • ‘Readings take up a disproportionate amount of my time and, more importantly, emotional energy, I find.’
    • ‘Cops spend a disproportionate amount of time in their cars, driving around on motor patrol.’
    out of proportion to, not in proportion to, not appropriate to, not commensurate with, relatively too large for, relatively too small for
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

disproportionate

/ˌdisprəˈpôrSH(ə)nət//ˌdɪsprəˈpɔrʃ(ə)nət/

Main definitions of disproportionate in US English:

: disproportionate1disproportionate2

disproportionate2

verb

[no object]Chemistry
  • Undergo disproportionation.

    ‘water disproportionates to oxygen and hydrogen’
    • ‘MDAsA is spontaneously disproportionated to AsA and dehydroascorbate (DAsA).’
    • ‘The latter disproportionates to H 2 O 2 and O2.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘MDA disproportionates to dehydroascorbate and AsA if it is not immediately reduced.’
    • ‘When bubbled through alkaline water, chlorine gas disproportionates to form chloride ion and hypochlorite ion.’

Pronunciation

disproportionate

/ˌdɪsprəˈpɔrʃəneɪt//ˌdisprəˈpôrSHənāt/