When things are in proportion, they are proportionate — their relative magnitudes are in balance and make sense the way they are. When the punishment fits the crime, it's proportionate.

Artists, designers, architects, and plastic surgeons are all people who care deeply about whether things are proportionate. After all, if you give someone a nose job and their nose turns out too small, it won't look proportionate. And that's just in the visual sense. The old adage "No use crying over spilled milk" is just a way of saying that tears aren't proportionate to such a minor accident. Tears are proportionate when you crash your car, lose your fortune, or don't get into college.

Definitions of proportionate
  1. adjective
    being in due proportion
    proportionate representation of a minority group”
    per capita
    per person
    proportional, relative
    properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
    having a constant ratio
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    disproportional, disproportionate
    out of proportion
  2. adjective
    agreeing in amount, magnitude, or degree
    corresponding in size or degree or extent
  3. adjective
    exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities
    synonyms: harmonious, symmetrical
    being in a state of proper equilibrium
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