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Definition of "disproportion" [dis•pro•por•tion]

  • Absence of proportion, symmetry, or proper relation: the disproportion between the gravity of geopolitical events and the time available to deal with them. (noun)
  • An instance of a disproportionate relation. (noun)
  • To make disproportionate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disproportion" in a sentence
  • "The disproportion is all the more surprising because females watch more TV than males."
  • "The disproportion is far more acute in The West Indies than it has been elsewhere."
  • "I don’t get claims that motherhood is ‘fetishized’ (I certainly did not get Cooke’s, and suspected that she does not understand the proper uses of the term ‘fetish’) – at the crudest level, ‘fetishize’ is used to refer to something being valued in disproportion to its worth, and I actually don’t think that that’s practically possible in the case of motherhood."