Definition of


  1. (noun, linkdef) a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)

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Synonyms of Percent

pct, per centum, percentage

Alternate forms of Percent

Hyponyms: absentee rate, occupancy rate, unemployment rate, vacancy rate

Hypernyms: proportion

Origin of the word Percent

  1. 1568, per cent, from Mod.L. per centum "by the hundred" (see per and hundred). Until early 20c. often treated as an abbreviation and punctuated accordingly. Percentage is first recorded 1789; sense of "profit, advantage" is from 1862; percentile is from 1889. more

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