a sense of proportion

an ability to understand the relative importance or seriousness of different things

We need to keep a sense of proportion about what really matters.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • proportion — ► NOUN 1) a part, share, or number considered in relation to a whole. 2) the ratio of one thing to another. 3) the correct or pleasing relation of things or between the parts of a whole. 4) (proportions) dimensions; size. ► VERB formal ▪ adjust… …   English terms dictionary

  • proportion — pro|por|tion1 W2S2 [prəˈpo:ʃən US ˈpo:r ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part of something)¦ 2¦(relationship)¦ 3¦(correct scale)¦ 4 proportions 5 out of (all) proportion 6 keep something in proportion 7 sense of proportion 8¦(mathematics)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • proportion — 1 noun 1 AMOUNT (C) a part or share of a larger amount: proportion of sth to sth: The proportion of men to women in the population has changed in recent years. (+ of): Quite high proportions of their incomes are spent on fuel. 2 NUMBER (C) a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • proportion — pro|por|tion [ prə pɔrʃn ] noun *** 1. ) count a quantity of something that is a part or share of the whole: proportion of: Only a small proportion of graduates fail to find employment. a ) uncount the relationship between two or more quantities… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • proportion */*/*/ — UK [prəˈpɔː(r)ʃ(ə)n] / US [prəˈpɔrʃ(ə)n] noun Word forms proportion : singular proportion plural proportions 1) a) [countable] maths a quantity of something that is a part or share of the whole proportion of: Only a small proportion of graduates… …   English dictionary


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