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inverse (adj) directly opposite.

A thing is in inverse proportion to another thing, if the thing grows larger as the other thing grows smaller and smaller. The brightness of a lamp is in inverse proportion to the distance. That is, the light becomes less and less bright as the distance form the lamp increases. Some feel that our peace of mind is in inverse proportion to the money we earn; they mean that the more we earn the less is our peace of mind. The intensity of heat is in inverse proportion to the distance from the source of the heat. That is, as you move away from the source of the heat, you feel it the less and less.

  • The ratio between our savings and our spending is always in the inverse ratio. The more we spend, the less can we save.
  • In some cases the intensity of separation increases the feeling of love between a couple, it is said. It means that as the separation lengthens, the feeling of love deepens.
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