The loss sustained by the assailants was not proportioned to the apparent danger of the enterprise.
The permanence of industry in any state must be proportioned to the certainty of its reward.
Any object may be proportioned out (literally, measured) in a similar way.
As this is an astringent, the doses must be proportioned accordingly, and the mixture is wholesome only while it remains sweet.
If it is there, then it is proportioned to the volume of the output.
Miss Amabel took on an added dignity, proportioned to the discomfort of her task.
The ingredients should be so proportioned, that no one flavour predominates.
He renewed his recommendations of measures of defense "proportioned to the danger."
The splendor of his apparel was proportioned to his personal beauty.
Let it not be said that direct taxation is to be proportioned to representation.
late 14c., "due relation of one part to another," also "size, extent; compartative relation in size, degree, number, etc.," from Old French proporcion "measure, proportion" (13c.), from Latin proportionem (nominative proportio) "comparative relation, analogy," from phrase pro portione "according to the relation" (of parts to each other), from pro "for" (see pro-) + ablative of *partio "division," related to pars (see part (n.)). Phrase out of proportion attested by 1670s.
My fortunes [are] as ill proportioned as your legs. [John Marston, "Antonio and Mellida," 1602]
"to adjust or regulate the proportions of," late 14c., from proportion (n.) and in part from Middle French proporcioner and directly from Medieval Latin proportionare. Related: Proportioned; proportioning.