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disproportionate

adjective uk   /ˌdɪs.prəˈpɔː.ʃən.ət/ us    /-ˈpɔːr-/
too large or too small in comparison to something else, or not deserving its importance or influence: There are a disproportionate number of girls in the class. The country's great influence in the world is disproportionate to its relatively small size.
disproportion
noun [U] uk   /ˌdɪs.prəˈpɔː.ʃən/ us    /-ˈpɔːr-/ formal
disproportionately
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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