American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Out of proportion, as in size, shape, or amount.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Out of proportion; unsymmetrical; without due proportion of parts or relations: as, a disproportionate development; means disproportionate to the end.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not proportioned; unsymmetrical; unsuitable to something else in bulk, form, value, or extent; out of proportion; inadequate.
- adj. out of proportion
- adj. not proportionate
“Unilever said it had been given time to prepare for the action, which it described as "disproportionate", but unions claimed the walkouts would hit production of brands including Persil, PG Tips, Marmite, Pot Noodle, Lynx, Flora and Wall's ice cream.”
“Nigeria's government is deploring what it calls a disproportionate use of force by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.”
“: Summoned Israel's ambassador, demanding an explanation for the violence, and condemned what it called the disproportionate use of force.”
“Greece, Egypt, Sweden, Spain and Denmark summoned Israel's ambassadors demanding explanations for the violence, with Spain and France condemning what they called the disproportionate use of force.”
“Also today, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said that the president holds -- believes that both sides should stand down, but the president does hold the Russians accountable for what he calls a disproportionate response.”
“ROBERTS: But, Mr. Ambassador, the European Union has expressed concern at what it calls a disproportionate response to the kidnappings by Hezbollah.”
“Meantime, after criticizing Israel for using what it called disproportionate force in Lebanon, the European Union said it was planning a peace mission.”
“WALLACE: Secretary Powell, while stopping short of criticizing the Israeli response to that suicide bombing, criticism, though, did come from the United N.tions with U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan saying he was deeply disturbed by what he called the disproportionate response, something he said that will lead to only increased bitterness on the Palestinian side.”
“Some farm workers accused the media of racism because of what he described as the disproportionate attention being given to the murders of farmers, Mufamadi said,.”
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