# percent

### or per cent

- Also called per centum. one one-hundredth part; 1/100.
- percentage(defs 1, 3).
- British. stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.

- 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

## Usage note

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.

## Related Words for percent

fee, ratio, bonus, proportion, chunk, rate, interest, percent, duty, cut, division, discount, taste, section, juice, quota, allowance, commission, slice, split## Examples from the Web for percent

### Contemporary Examples of percent

Thirty-six percent were in favor and 38 percent were opposed.

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.

This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.

### Historical Examples of percent

Most experts agree that about 90 percent of the population can be hypnotized.

A Practical Guide to Self-HypnosisMelvin Powers

My own feeling is that probably 99 percent can be hypnotized.

A Practical Guide to Self-HypnosisMelvin Powers

You've told me yourself that Mars has only 73 percent of the earth's density.

Valley of DreamsStanley Grauman Weinbaum

Windage in the English gun of 1750 was about 20 percent greater than in French pieces.

Artillery Through the AgesAlbert Manucy

At least 14 percent of your income now should be set aside for these purposes.

## Word Origin and History for percent

## percent

- One part in a hundred. For example, 62 percent (also written 62%) means 62 parts out of 100.

## percent

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%.