Associations to the word «Proportional»


PROPORTIONAL, 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.
PROPORTIONAL, adjective. In proportion (to), proportionate. More common in US than UK.
PROPORTIONAL ANALOGY, noun. Analogy between four things, in which A is to B as C is to D, or A : B = C : D.
PROPORTIONAL ANALOGY, noun. (linguistics) formation of a new word based on morphological parallelism of three existing words, rather than direct derivation. Examples:
PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, noun. A voting principle aimed at securing a close match between the percentage of votes that groups of candidates (usually political parties) obtain in elections, and the percentage of seats they receive in the elected body.

Dictionary definition

PROPORTIONAL, noun. One of the quantities in a mathematical proportion.
PROPORTIONAL, adjective. Properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production".
PROPORTIONAL, adjective. Having a constant ratio.

Wise words

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