The young girl is getting glasses that are proportional to the size of her face.
- An example of something proportional is a woman's tiny feet to her short stature.
- An example of something proportional is the amount of pay a worker gets for the hours that they put in.
The definition of proportional is something that has a relatively correct relationship of size or that is appropriate.
proportional
- of or determined by proportion; relative
- having, or being in, proportion: pay proportional to work done
- Math. having the same or a constant ratio
Origin of proportional
Middle English proporcional from Classical Latin proportionalis a quantity in a mathematical proportion
proportional
adjective
- Forming a relationship with other parts or quantities; being in proportion.
- Properly related in size, degree, or other measurable characteristics; corresponding: Punishment ought to be proportional to the crime.
- Mathematics Having the same or a constant ratio.
noun
One of the quantities in a mathematical proportion.
Related Forms:
- pro·por′tion·al′i·ty
noun
- pro·por′tion·al·ly
adverb
proportional
Adjective
(comparative more proportional, superlative most proportional)
- 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.
- Quotation
- In proportion (to), proportionate. More common in US than UK.
- Quotation
- directly proportional
- inversely proportional