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- n. the property of being proportional
- n. the principle that government action ought to be proportional to the ends achieved (e.g. the military should not be deployed to stop petty vandalism)
- n. the degree to which something is in proportion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being in proportion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being in proportion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)
- n. a ratio of two quantities that is constant
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Under the laws of war, the term proportionality has a precise and strictly defined meaning.
Second, proportionality is not measured by the number of civilians actually killed, but rather by the risk posed.
This sense of proportionality is the second jus in bello criterion; it has to do almost entirely with the foreseen but unintended harm done to noncombatants and to noncombatant infrastructure.
If the point of all this babble about proportionality is merely meant to establish that HRW is not an unimpeachable source, then fine, I will stipulate to that.
Hiroshima and Tokyo are excellent examples of WHY proportionality is essential to the laws of war.
Our conclusion that the proper benchmark for measuring proportionality is citizen voting-age population is consistent with the caselaw.
In other words, as Harris explains, the idea of proportionality is shredded.
Those who take this view can claim that what is often called the proportionality condition associated with double effect is really doing all of the explanatory work: it is because the end is judged to be worthy that the harmful means is considered to be permissibly brought about.
The reason for tying the lower chamber to a more numerically representative proportionality is a reflection of the very rudimentary nature of that paradigm.
“Anyone who knows anything about the Middle East knows that proportionality is madness,” he wrote.