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per cen·tum(pər sĕn′təm)
[Latin; see percent.]
or per cent(pərˈsɛnt)
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]
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.
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|Noun||1.||per centum - 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