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proportional Line breaks: pro|por¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /prəˈpɔːʃ(ə)n(ə)l/

Definition of proportional in English:

adjective

1Corresponding in size or amount to something else: the punishment should be proportional to the crime
More example sentences
  • The amounts produced are proportional to the size of the gland, whether this is increased benignly or by prostate cancer.
  • As such the amount paid in fees, proportional to the amount under management, has continued to increase.
  • The amount of tiles left out will be proportional to the size of the tile.
Synonyms
corresponding, proportionate, comparable, in proportion, pro rata, commensurate, equivalent, consistent, relative, correlated, correlative, analogous, analogical
1.1 Mathematics (Of a variable quantity) having a constant ratio to another quantity.
Example sentences
  • The ratio of the squares of the periods of two planets is directly proportional to the ratio of the cubes of the radii of their orbits.
  • Gravitational force is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between two objects.
  • Instead the heat is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.

Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin proportionalis, from proportio(n-) (see proportion).

Words that rhyme with proportional

inscriptional • optional

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