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Dictionary Definition

proportional adj
1 properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production" [syn: relative]
2 increasing as the amount taxed increases [syn: graduated] n : one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion

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  1. At a constant ratio (to). Two magnitudes (numbers) are said to be proportional if the second varies in a direct relation arithmetically to the first.
  2. In proportion (to), proportionate. More common in US than UK.


at a constant ratio (to)

Extensive Definition

Proportionality may refer to:
  • Proportionality (mathematics), the special mathematical relationships of direct and inverse proportion between two variables
  • Proportionality (physics)
  • Proportionality (law), a legal principle under municipal law in which the punishment of a certain crime should be in proportion to the severity of the crime itself, and under international law an important consideration when assessing the military necessity of an attack on a military objective
  • Proportionality (political maxim), a maxim which states that any layer of government should not take any action that exceeds that which is necessary to achieve the objective of government
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proportional in German: Proportion
proportional in Esperanto: Proporcio
proportional in French: Proportion
proportional in Italian: Proporzionalità
proportional in Norwegian: Proporsjon
proportional in Portuguese: Proporcionalidade
proportional in Swedish: Proportionalitet

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