Meaning of PROPORTIONAL in English


— proportionality , n. — proportionally , adv.

/preuh pawr"sheuh nl, -pohr"-/ , adj.

1. having due proportion; corresponding.

2. being in or characterized by proportion.

3. of, pertaining to, or based on proportion; relative.

4. Math.

a. (of two quantities) having the same or a constant ratio or relation: The quantities y and x are proportional if y/x = k, where k is the constant of proportionality.

b. (of a first quantity with respect to a second quantity) a constant multiple of: The quantity y is proportional to x if y = kx, where k is the constant of proportionality.

[ 1350-1400; ME proporcional proportionalis. See PROPORTION, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. harmonious, comparative, accordant, consonant, proportionate.

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