disproportionate disproportionate  /ˌdɪs prə ˈpɔr ʃə nɪt/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) out of proportion
  2. (adj) not proportionate

Usage(s):

  1. Perhaps police are more likely to search minorities because they commit a disproportionate number of crimes.
  2. About 40% of the troops are Southern, 60% are white, 22% are black, and a disproportionate number come from empty states like Montana and Wyoming.
  3. Despite his own Pashtun roots, Karzai's ability to secure support in his heartland is imperiled by the disproportionate Tajik power in Kabul.

News

  1. Urbana social justice class shares findings with administrators

    CHAMPAIGN — Urbana High School isn't the only high school to face issues such as a lack of racial diversity among its faculty members or having a disproportionate number of African-American students receiving disciplinary referrals. read more
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Champaign News-Gazette

  2. Reverse mortgages under review

    Citing a disproportionate number of liabilities from borrowers in its reverse mortgage business, the Federal Housing Authority wants to make some quick changes. Legislation allowing that has passed its first hurdle in Congress.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Bankrate.com

  3. Body Politic

    Huge, engorged, disproportionate breasts jut from the draped body and covered face of a woman — San Francisco-based Iranian artist Taravat Talepasand is obsessed with this pornographic image she found online several years ago, and this figure has appeared repeatedly in her detailed and intricate paintings and drawings. Talepasand draws attention to the contradictory history of desiring Iranian ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Hyphen Magazine

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