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  • proportionate representation of a minority group
  • Each nation then would have a vote in administration roughly proportionate to its contributions.
  • Distant galaxies are receding at speeds proportionate to their distance.
  • Their response were appropriate and proportionate.

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  • He needs a bigger container, but not proportionately bigger.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But my anxiety increased a proportionate amount.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She had grown tall quickly and her body had not filled out proportionately to her height.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • But in other respects the sample is not representative in the sense that a modern Gallup Poll or survey questionnaire is designed to represent proportionately all the relevant groups in a given population.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • My analyst—Dr. Pulvermacher—said that the repressiveness of a society in general is directly proportionate to its harsh repression of sexual language.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Man, we must look to cause proportionate.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • I’m struck, suddenly, by how handsome he is—all his features are proportionate, his eyes dark and lively, his skin bronze-brown.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • The good news spread quickly through the house, and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I will exert myself, and if it is in my power to seize the monster, be assured that he shall suffer punishment proportionate to his crimes.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • That very day the miners began their labors, with a vigor and alacrity proportionate to their long rest from fatigue and their hopes of ultimate success.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It was smaller, more proportionate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • ’The big doorway opened into a proportionately great hall hung with brown.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The route was now painful; lying over ground ragged with rocks, and intersected with ravines, and their progress proportionately slow.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The latter gentleman had a large staff, a large head, large features, and large half-boots; and he looked as if he had been taking a proportionate allowance of ale—as indeed he had.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • When he investigated, he found that the singles and nuclear families that had inhabited the town’s apartment complexes were being displaced by families of refugees living eight or ten to an apartment—and producing a proportionate amount of garbage, which the town had to haul away.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • ’Some of these build heaps or nests, four or six feet high and proportionately broad, which are so strong and firm that they defy equally sunshine and rain.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • But who is to define what is proportionate?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Because, while the whales of this order, though smaller than those of the former order, nevertheless retain a proportionate likeness to them in figure, yet the bookbinder’s Quarto volume in its dimensioned form does not preserve the shape of the Folio volume, but the Octavo volume does.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I have only to hope that they may be proportionately short.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • When I wanted to determine what increase in weight the Nautilus needed to be given in order to submerge, I had only to take note of the proportionate reduction in volume that salt water experiences in deeper and deeper strata.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Not to speak of the fact that crime has been greatly on the increase among the lower classes during the last five years, not to speak of the cases of robbery and arson everywhere, what strikes me as the strangest thing is that in the higher classes, too, crime is increasing proportionately.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Mrs. Weston was exceedingly disappointed—much more disappointed, in fact, than her husband, though her dependence on seeing the young man had been so much more sober: but a sanguine temper, though for ever expecting more good than occurs, does not always pay for its hopes by any proportionate depression.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Where these minds are low and gross, the area of that "appearance" is proportionately widened.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • There was, alas, a difficulty about that: I would have thanked him with all my soul had I not had in a proportionate measure this conviction of the secret of my pupils.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Opposite the spot to which he had brought her was such a general confluence, and the river was proportionately voluminous and deep.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • If you err wilfully, I shall devise a proportionate punishment.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Such an atmosphere could not incite in him the cravings of a boy of eighteen, but in so far as they were excited, the lack of hope made them proportionately bitter.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • The seriousness of such an occasion is directly proportionate to the number of bodily emissions you are asked to cull for analysis.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She felt the accuracy with which he caught her, exactly at the right moment, and the exactly proportionate strength of his thrust, and she was afraid.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Amory was proportionately less deceived.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • This was a more authoritative speech than she had ever heard on her niece’s lips, and Mrs. Penniman was proportionately startled.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • The deeds of the hero in the second part of his personal cycle will be proportionate to the depth of his descent during the first.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And his girth was proportionate.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • A proportionately low number of these members were from the rural areas, the regions where the ANC had historically been weakest.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • One would think, that a deliberate and practical denial of its authority was the only offense never contemplated by its government; else, why has it not assigned its definite, its suitable and proportionate, penalty?
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • But the alarm had been great; and proportionately great was the indignation when it was gathered from Mrs. Mingott’s fragmentary phrases that Regina Beaufort had come to ask her—incredible effrontery!
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • At the present moment, as the full impact of the war draws nearer and his worldly hopes take a proportionately lower place in his mind, full of his defence work, full of the girl, forced to attend to his neighbours more than he has ever done before and liking it more than he expected, "taken out of himself" as the humans say, and daily increasing in conscious dependence on the Enemy, he will almost certainly be lost to us if he is killed tonight.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • ’Maybe so, but I am sanguine, and did expect,’ said Nicholas, ’and am proportionately disappointed.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • The town was small, but the corn and hay-trade was proportionately large, and with his native sagacity he saw opportunity for a share of it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • This move was unexpected, and proportionately disconcerting.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Whenever she had been away for any length of time, Swann would feel that he was beginning to detach himself from her, but, as though this moral distance were proportionate to the physical distance between them, whenever he heard that Odette had returned to Paris, he could not rest without seeing her.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • ůservice, and make it easy to yourselves; for three or four of such as can not separately spare from the business of their plantations a waggon and four horses and a driver, may do it together, one furnishing the waggon, another one or two horses, and another the driver, and divide the pay proportionately between you; but if you do not this service to your king and country voluntarily, when such good pay and reasonable terms are offered to you, your loyalty will be strongly suspected.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • No nature could be less suspicious than hers: when she was a child she believed in the gratitude of wasps and the honorable susceptibility of sparrows, and was proportionately indignant when their baseness was made manifest.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The sight filled Lily with such surprise that she felt that Bertha, at least, must read its meaning in her look, and she was proportionately disconcerted by the blankness of the look returned.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • But, Joss Bont, I beg you to be proportionate.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
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