Definition of proportionality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//prəˌpɔːʃəˈnæləti//
; NAmE NAmE//prəˌpɔːrʃəˈnæləti//
[uncountable] (formal)
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the principle that an action, a punishment, etc. should not be more severe than is necessary A major exception to the principle of proportionality relates to the sentencing of offenders for violent and sexual offences.
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