Meaning of disproportionate

disproportionate




If three friends are out having dinner, and one disappears when the check comes, the remaining two end up paying a disproportionate share of the bill. Whenever anything is out of proportion — either too large or too small — it’s disproportionate.

If you live in New York or Los Angeles or another very expensive city, you probably spend a disproportionate amount of your income on housing — meaning you pay more than you’d expect. If you have a sweet deal somewhere and pay very little in rent, it’s still disproportionate — only this time it’s less than you’d expect.

Definitions of disproportionate
  1. adjective

    out of proportion

    synonyms:

    disproportional

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    Antonyms:

    proportionate

    being in due proportion
    per capita

    per person
    proportionable

    proportionate
    proportional, relative

    properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to’
    proportional

    having a constant ratio
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  2. adjective

    not proportionate

    Synonyms:

    incommensurate

    not corresponding in size or degree or extent

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