proportionate

adjective
pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ prə-ˈpȯr-sh(ə-)nət \

Definition of proportionate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

proportionate

verb
pro·​por·​tion·​ate | \ prə-ˈpȯr-shə-ˌnāt \
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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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 Fifteen years of forced hard labor, bound ankle to wrist in chains, simply wasn’t proportionate to the offense of fudging a payroll ledger. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 At that point, the owner pays the original loan amount and a proportionate share of any increase in the home’s value (determined by the sales price or an appraisal). Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 And in many ways, the response has been proportionate. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 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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