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

adj 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
disproportional, disproportionate
out of proportion

adj agreeing in amount, magnitude, or degree

corresponding in size or degree or extent

adj exhibiting equivalence or correspondence among constituents of an entity or between different entities

harmonious, symmetrical
being in a state of proper equilibrium

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