proportion (n.)
weighing up, appropriate measuring
2H4 IV.i.23[Mowbray to Archbishop, of the King's forces] The just proportion that we gave them out
H5 II.iv.45[Dauphin to Constable] So the proportions of defence are filled
Mac I.iv.20[King to Macbeth] Would thou hadst less deserved, / That the proportion both of thanks and payment / Might have been mine
MV III.iv.14[Portia to Lorenzo, of good friends] There must be needs a like proportion / Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit
MW V.v.214[Fenton to all] You would have married her most shamefully / Where there was no proportion held in love [i.e. no love on both sides]
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