# percentile

[ per-sen-tahyl, -til ]

/ pərˈsɛn taɪl, -tɪl /

### noun

one of the values of a variable that divides the distribution of the variable into 100 groups having equal frequencies: Ninety percent of the values lie at or below the ninetieth percentile, ten percent above it.

### adjective

of or relating to a percentile or a division of a distribution by percentiles.

## Words nearby percentile

perceived noise decibel, percent, percent sign, percentage, percenter, percentile, percept, perceptible, perception, perceptive, perceptual

## WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH percentile

percent percentage percentile (see usage note at percent)Dictionary.com Unabridged
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## British Dictionary definitions for percentile

percentile

/ (pəˈsɛntaɪl) /

### noun

one of 99 actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into 100 groups with equal frequencies; the 90th percentile is the value of a variable such that 90% of the relevant population is below that valueAlso called: centile

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## Scientific definitions for percentile

percentile

[ pər-sĕn′tīl′ ]

Any of the 100 equal parts into which the range of the values of a set of data can be divided in order to show the distribution of those values. The percentile of a given value is determined by the percentage of the values that are smaller than that value. For example, a test score that is higher than 95 percent of the other scores is in the 95th percentile.

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