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Definition an appropriate amount, magnitude, or degree among constituents of something or between different things
  • 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.
  • Where these minds are low and gross, the area of that "appearance" is proportionately widened.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He needs a bigger container, but not proportionately bigger.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The good news spread quickly through the house, and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But who is to define what is proportionate?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • But, Joss Bont, I beg you to be proportionate.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • 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
  • It was smaller, more proportionate.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And his girth was proportionate.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Man, we must look to cause proportionate.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • But my anxiety increased a proportionate amount.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The world seemed hardly large enough to yield him an amount of travel proportionate to his equipment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit

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