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
User Contributed Dictionary
English
Adjective
 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.
 Quotation

 The stopping distance is proportional to the square of the speed of the vehicle. — "How Far Will It Skid" at physicsclassroom.com.
 In proportion (to), proportionate. More common
in US than UK.
 Quotation

 ...how much of the Bush administration's immediate post9/11 emphasis on Iraq was appropriate and proportional to the overall picture of terrorism — Wikipedia:Foreign_policy_of_the_George_W._Bush_administration retrieved 24 Jan 2005.
Translations
at a constant ratio (to)
 Finnish: verrannollinen
proportionate
 Finnish: suhteutettu
Related terms
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
Proportion redirects here. Proportion may refer
to:
 Proportion (architecture) describes the relationships between elements of a design
 Body proportions, in art, are the study of relation of human body parts to each other and the whole
 Proportions, or geometric aspect ratio
Proportional redirects here. Proportional may
refer to:
 Proportional (fair division) means that each of n players thinks that they received 1/n of the cake.
 A proportional control system is a type of linear feedback control system
 Proportional representation in electoral systems
 Proportional fonts
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
Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words
3D, affinitive, analogical, analogous, appertaining, associative, balanced, commensurable, commensurate, comparable, comparative, compatible, congenial, connective, consistent, contingent, correlated, correlative, corresponding, cubic, dependent, dimensional, distributional, distributive, en rapport,
equal, even stephen,
fiftyfifty, flat,
fourthdimensional, half,
halfandhalf, halvers,
harmonious, in
accordance with, linking, particular, per capita, per
head, pertaining,
pertinent, pro rata,
proportionable,
proportionate,
proportioned,
prorated, reciprocal, referable, referring, related, relating, relational, relative, respective, several, space, spacetime, spatial, spatiotemporal, spherical, stereoscopic, superficial, surface, symmetrical, sympathetic,
threedimensional, twodimensional, volumetric