or per cent
- 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.): to get three percent interest. Symbol: %
Origin of percent
In the senses “rate or proportion per hundred” and “proportion in general” percent and percentage are frequently interchangeable. With a preceding number, only percent occurs ( a 16 percent decline ); with no preceding number, either occurs, but percentage is much more common: a certain percentage (or percent ) of the land.
Examples from the Web for percent
Thirty-six percent were in favor and 38 percent were opposed.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Historically the reelection rate for members of Congress is in the area of 95 percent.
The breakdown of the 114th Congress is 80 percent white, 80 percent male, and 92 percent Christian.
With chemotherapy, her doctors give her at least an 80 percent chance of survival.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.
Most experts agree that about 90 percent of the population can be hypnotized.
My own feeling is that probably 99 percent can be hypnotized.
You've told me yourself that Mars has only 73 percent of the earth's density.Valley of Dreams
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
Windage in the English gun of 1750 was about 20 percent greater than in French pieces.Artillery Through the Ages
At least 14 percent of your income now should be set aside for these purposes.
Word Origin and History for percent
- One part in a hundred. For example, 62 percent (also written 62%) means 62 parts out of 100.
A fraction expressed as a number of hundredths. Twelve percent of a quantity, for example, is twelve one-hundredths of it. Twelve percent may also be written 12%.