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Definition of "proportionate" []

  • Being in due proportion; proportional. (adjective)
  • To make proportionate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "proportionate" in a sentence
  • "As to the point to Adam B. - I was using an "extreme" example to prove a point re. the legitimacy of using the term proportionate at all (which is standardly used by the police re. proportionate force etc.)."
  • "When I last covered Giuliani the night of the Iowa Caucus, in fact, he was here in Florida, as we all know, saying he was not at all worried about what he calls his proportionate strategy."
  • "We don't make it onto the Hugo ballot in proportionate numbers, I suspect because the voter base for the Hugos has its favorites."