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’
    ‘their sentences were disproportionate to the offenses they had committed’
    • ‘Of course in reality I know some very nice people with beards (as well as a disproportionate amount of idiots).’
    • ‘We must all understand what takes up a disproportionate amount of the available police resources we all call for.’
    • ‘For someone with what you might call a small social circle, I get invited to a disproportionate amount of weddings.’
    • ‘Very obese people tend not to exercise and are frequently poor, and they spend a disproportionate amount of time dieting.’
    • ‘That can take up a disproportionate amount of time and there is therefore less time spent on the business of teaching and learning.’
    • ‘Under Japan's political system, towns like Towa wield a disproportionate amount of influence.’
    • ‘It's received a wholly disproportionate amount of attention just because of his name.’
    • ‘Cops spend a disproportionate amount of time in their cars, driving around on motor patrol.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It turned out that a disproportionate amount of the unclaimed luggage originated from the Indian sub-continent.’
    • ‘This economic control gives capitalists a disproportionate amount of power in all realms of society.’
    • ‘California bears a disproportionate amount of the cost of illegal immigration.’
    • ‘Rivals complain that Murphy has disproportionate amounts of cash with which to distort the market.’
    • ‘They took up a disproportionate amount of teachers' time and caused unreasonable stress.’
    • ‘These can take a disproportionate amount of time and funding, to the detriment of local priorities.’
    • ‘Readings take up a disproportionate amount of my time and, more importantly, emotional energy, I find.’
    • ‘In a country which is invariably ruled by coalitions, a small number of seats can buy a disproportionate amount of power.’
    • ‘The Sheikh's willingness to spend disproportionate amounts of money for certain objects has astonished the art world.’
    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

/ˌdɪsprəˈpɔrʃ(ə)nət//ˌdisprəˈpôrSH(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.’
    • ‘The latter disproportionates to H 2 O 2 and O2.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘MDAsA is spontaneously disproportionated to AsA and dehydroascorbate (DAsA).’

Pronunciation

disproportionate

/ˌdisprəˈpôrSHənāt//ˌdɪsprəˈpɔrʃəneɪt/