one of the quantities in a mathematical proportion
properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
"the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production"
having a constant ratio
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.
In proportion (to), proportionate. More common in US than UK.
having a due proportion, or comparative relation; being in suitable proportion or degree; as, the parts of an edifice are proportional
relating to, or securing, proportion
constituting a proportion; having the same, or a constant, ratio; as, proportional quantities; momentum is proportional to quantity of matter
any number or quantity in a proportion; as, a mean proportional
the combining weight or equivalent of an element
Origin: [L. proportionalis: cf. F. proportionnel.]
Proportional division or simple fair division is the original and simplest problem in fair division. Fair division problems are also called cake-cutting problems. A proportional division of a cake between people would ensure each of them got at least of the cake by their own valuation. The cake can have an irregular structure, for instance a fruit-cake with icing, and the recipients may value the different parts differently. There is no requirement for a division to be envy-free. There are two main types of solution studied: discrete procedures require one person at a time to divide the resource, moving knife ones have one or more knives move over the resource and people can choose when to stop them. The problem generalizes directly to other resources that can be split easily without losing value. The methods adapt easily to similar problems in chore division. Proportional division problems also include dividing a resource where each recipient is entitled to a different proportion. Fair division of indivisible good is however a much harder problem.
The numerical value of proportional in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of proportional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
You live your life proportional to your love for life.
Self-respect is inversely proportional to self-interest.
Unhappiness is directly proportional to our denial of reality
Ones need for control is directly proportional for ones need for love.
It is long accepted by the missionaries that morality is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing people wore.
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- proporcionalCatalan, Valencian
- suhteutettu, verrannollinenFinnish
- comhréireach, cionmharIrish
- egyenesen arányos, arányosHungarian
- proporțional, proporționalăRomanian
- соразме́рный, пропорциона́льныйRussian
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