proportionate

adjective
pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce proportionate (audio) \

Definition of proportionate

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proportionate

verb
pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shə-ˌnāt How to pronounce proportionate (audio) \
proportionated; proportionating

Definition of proportionate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make proportionate : proportion

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Other Words from proportionate

Adjective

proportionately adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for proportionate

Synonyms: Adjective

commensurable, commensurate, proportional

Antonyms: Adjective

disproportionate

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Examples of proportionate in a Sentence

Adjective

Each investor will receive a proportionate share of the profits. expect financial returns proportionate to your efforts

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Photo: Jim Young/Bloomberg News Mall leases typically allow landlords to charge tenants for their proportionate share of certain expenses, such as taxes and maintenance fees. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Gap Sues Westfield Over Mall Expenses as Tensions Rise in Retail World," 17 July 2018 No system is simple, fair, proportionate, incentivizes honest rather than strategic voting, and chooses the candidate voters want in every single election. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America," 15 Nov. 2018 In 2017, Russia considered the U.S. attack to be a proportionate response and told Assad to absorb it without retaliating, the former official said. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "President Trump's options on Syria likely limited to cruise missile strike, experts say," 11 Apr. 2018 While some specific restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Denmark Just Became the Latest European Country to Ban Burqas And Niqabs," 1 June 2018 Whilst some specific restrictions on the wearing of full-face veils for the purposes of public safety may be legitimate, this blanket ban is neither necessary nor proportionate and violates the rights to freedom of expression and religion. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Denmark's Parliament bans wearing of face veils in public," 31 May 2018 Turkey retaliated with proportionate tariffs on U.S. exports such as rice, tobacco and autos. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "U.S. Takes Trade Fight to Smaller Nations," 12 Aug. 2018 Our search for criminal sentences proportionate to the crime is a quest to find a fair but adequate punishment. WSJ, "The Pope’s Death Penalty Views Have Deep Roots," 13 Aug. 2018 The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the second lottery draw, based on which club wins the first lottery draw, and again for the third lottery draw, based on which club wins the 2nd lottery draw. Helene Elliott, latimes.com, "NHL announces odds for this year's draft lottery," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of proportionate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1570, in the meaning defined above

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