Definition of per cent in English:

per cent

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Pronunciation: /pə ˈsɛnt
(also US percent)


  • By a specified amount in or for every hundred: new car sales may be down nineteen per cent staff rejected a 1.8 per cent increase
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    • If we are one hundred percent convinced of our case then a little dishonesty to iron out the odd inconsistency hardly seems wrong.
    • There are few if any behavioral characteristics in humans that are one hundred percent genetic.
    • However, my experience of camp food is one hundred percent favourable.


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  • 1One part in every hundred: a reduction of half a per cent or so in price
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    • Well, you're one of the, probably, half of a percent of people who would actually do that.
    • According to the report, these prices fell by half a percent in October.
    • To put that in perspective, we humans have been around for half a percent of that.
  • 1.1The rate, number, or amount in each hundred.
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    • They speak of the reciprocal of the payback period as a percent per year rate of return.
    • The second compatibility problem is a slow boot issue and we believe it is a small percent of users that have experienced this.
    • Some of the leases are based on a dollar amount per square foot and some on percent of income.


mid 16th century: from per + cent, perhaps an abbreviation of pseudo-Latin per centum.

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