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per·cent

also per cent  (pər-sĕnt′)
adv.
Out of each hundred; per hundred.
n.
1. pl. percent also per cent One part in a hundred: The report states that 42 percent of the alumni contributed to the endowment. Also called per centum.
2. pl. percents A percentage or portion: She has invested a large percent of her salary.
3. percents Chiefly British Public securities yielding interest at a specified percentage.
adj.
Paying or demanding interest at a specified percentage: a 2.25 percent checking account.

[From per cent., abbreviation of per centum, by the hundred : per, per; see per + centum, hundred; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Statistically speaking, a quantity can be increased by any percentage but cannot be decreased by more than 100 percent. Once pollution has been reduced by 100 percent, for example, it ceases to exist. In defiance of this logic, however, advertisers sometimes refer to a 150 percent decrease in lost luggage or a new dental rinse that reduces plaque on teeth by over 300 percent. Presumably what is implied by the latter is that the new rinse is three times as effective as some other rinse, but such constructions are still subject to criticism as illogical. · Percent can take a singular or plural verb, depending on how the quantity being described is viewed. Very often what determines the form of the verb is the noun nearest to it. Thus one might say Eighty percent of the legislators are going to vote against the bill or Eighty percent of the legislature is set to vote the bill down. In the second sentence the group of legislators is considered as a body, not as individuals. When percent is used without a following prepositional phrase, either a singular or plural verb is acceptable.

per•cent

or per cent

(pərˈsɛnt)

n.
1. one one-hundredth part; 1/100.
3. Brit. stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.
adj.
4. figured or expressed on the basis of a rate or proportion per hundred (used in combination with a number in expressing rates of interest, proportions, etc.). Symbol: %
[1560–70; short for Medieval Latin per centum by the hundred]
per•cent′al, adj.
usage: percent is derived from per cent., an abbreviation in English of per centum, a phrase borrowed directly from Latin. The use of the two-word form is diminishing. The percent sign (%) is used chiefly in scientific, tabular, or statistical material and only with numerals preceding it: 58%. In the sense “proportion in general,” with no preceding number, percent and percentage are frequently interchangeable, but percentage is much more common: a certain percentage (or percent) of the land.

per·cent

also per cent (pər-sĕnt′)
One part in a hundred. For example, 62 percent (also written 62%) means 62 parts out of 100.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percent - a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)percent - a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
absentee rate - the percentage of workers who do not report to work
occupancy rate - the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) are occupied or rented at a given time
vacancy rate - the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) that are unoccupied or not rented at a given time
unemployment rate - the percentage of the work force that is unemployed at any given date
Translations
بالمئةفي المئة
per cent
procento
procent
prosentti
फ़ीसदी
パーセント
per centum
percento
odstotek
procent
جیصدی
百分之

percent

n por ciento
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In this satchel I can see only a few five percent bonds and some transfers--no actual cash.
Choice of rooms and of seats at the tables apportioned in the order in which passages are engaged; and no passage considered engaged until ten percent of the passage money is deposited with the treasurer.
I hurried to the treasurer's office and deposited my ten percent.
But now, from what little I've seen of them, they strike me as a pack of ninnies, most of them, and ninety percent of the remainder as bores.
And he began describing how spiteful and uncertain she was, how if you were only a day late with your interest the pledge was lost; how she gave a quarter of the value of an article and took five and even seven percent a month on it and so on.
In the exit exam's math section, 67 percent of sophomores passed, the same as in 2005.
Director qualifications: Fully 97 percent of companies say their nominating/governance committee has established qualifications for directors, up from 87 percent in 2005.
Forty-two percent of the camps indicated that this summer was the highest or higher than most of the past five summers for enrollment, while another 23 percent of the directors thought enrollment was about the same.
The findings suggest that physician executives are not closely involved in information technology (IT); only 2 percent reported being responsible for work in this area.
Operating expenses for high-rise condominiums (17 percent of the survey sample) increased 17.
Two years ago, 90 percent of managers indicated that engineers were learning systems engineering, as did 63 percent of current engineers.
0 percent were motivated by sexual-orientation bias.