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[adj. pruh-pawr-shuh-nit, -pohr-; v. pruh-pawr-shuh-neyt, -pohr-] /adj. prəˈpɔr ʃə nɪt, -ˈpoʊr-; v. prəˈpɔr ʃəˌneɪt, -ˈpoʊr-/
verb (used with object), proportionated, proportionating.
to make proportionate.
Origin of proportionate
1350-1400; Middle English proporcionate < Late Latin prōportiōnātus. See proportion, -ate1
Related forms
proportionately, adverb
proportionateness, noun
nonproportionate, adjective
nonproportionately, adverb
nonproportionateness, noun
unproportionate, adjective
unproportionately, adverb
Can be confused
proportional, proportionate.
1. according, accordant, consonant, harmonious, balanced. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proportionate
  • Some of the smaller ones did but even they weren't truly proportionate to the body size.
  • Tusks range in shape and size and are not proportionate to body size.
  • Some people may actually prefer sensing immediate pain wholesale by weathering it out in a scaled and proportionate manner.
  • The strength of recovery is typically proportionate to the depth of recession.
  • But a proportionate response isn't an effective deterrent.
  • As long as measures were proportionate, there was no breach of the right to liberty.
  • The trick is to do this in a way which is rational and proportionate.
  • As long as they are rewarded with fame and fortune in a degree proportionate to the extortion, secrets should flow.
  • And decisions about what is proportionate often require fine distinctions and sophisticated judgment.
  • Homophobia in the military is probably proportionate to the general population.
British Dictionary definitions for proportionate


adjective (prəˈpɔːʃənɪt)
being in proper proportion
verb (prəˈpɔːʃəˌneɪt)
(transitive) to make proportionate
Derived Forms
proportionately, adverb
proportionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for proportionate

late 14c., "of proper proportion," from Medieval Latin proportionatus "proportioned," past participle of proportionare (see proportion (n.)). Related: Proportionately.

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