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proportional (comparative more proportional, superlative most proportional)

  1. (mathematics) 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. Symbol: .
    • 2012, David Ben-Chaim, Ratio and Proportion, page 34:
      For example, according to the gas laws, pressure is directly proportional to temperature: the quotient derived from pressure (numerator) and temperature (denominator) will be constant; however, pressure is inversely proportional to volume, meaning that the product between volume and pressure will be constant.
  2. (chiefly US) In proportion (to), proportionate.
    • 2014, Aravind Shenoy, Learning Bootstrap:
      This ensures consistency across your website design so that you don't end up with elements that are not adequately proportional with each other.
  3. Of a typeface, having characters with natural (non-uniform) width (in contrast to monospace typefaces).
    • 2013, Eric A. Meyer, CSS Fonts: Web Typography Possibilities, page 2:
      A font is proportional if all characters in the font have different widths due to their various sizes.

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proportional (plural proportionals)

  1. (mathematics, geometry, archaic) A proportion.
    • 1828, William Thomas Brande, Tables in Illustration of the Theory of Definite Proportionals, page xiii:
      It is almost superfluous to remark that the numbers attached to the elements of compounds are those of the proportionals in which they combine []

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Proportion +‎ -al, from Latin prōportiōnālis. Doublet of proportionell.


  • IPA(key): /ˌpʁopɔʁt͡si̯oˈnaːl/
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proportional (strong nominative masculine singular proportionaler, comparative proportionaler, superlative am proportionalsten)

  1. proportional
    Synonym: proportionell


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