percent, percentage

Percent (from Latin per centum,"by the hundred") may be spelled as one or two words; 10 percent means "10 out of 100" or "10 in 100." Percent is colloquial when used as a substitute for percentage (the noun). Percentage is colloquial when used in the meaning of "profit" or "advantage," as in "What's the percentage in hard work?"

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  • percent, percentage point —    There is an important distinction between the two terms that is not always observed, even on the financial pages. Consider the following example from the business section of The Times of London. Headline: U.S. tax reform to cut top rate by 25% …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • percent — ▪ I. percent per‧cent 1 [pəˈsent ǁ pər ] also per cent adjective, adverb 5 percent (5%)/​10 percent (10%) etc equal to 5, 10 etc parts out of every 100 parts: • a one percent (= 1% ) cut in interest rates …   Financial and business terms

  • percentage — See percent, percentage …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • percentage — procentas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. percent; percentage vok. Prozent, n rus. процент, m pranc. pour cent, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • percent — See percent, percentage …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • percent — procentas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. percent; percentage vok. Prozent, n rus. процент, m pranc. pour cent, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • Percentage point — Percentage points (pp) are the unit for the arithmetic difference of two percentages. Consider the following hypothetical example: in 1980, 40 percent of the population smoked, and in 1990 only 30 percent smoked. We can thus say that from 1980 to …   Wikipedia

  • Percent sign — % Percent sign Punctuation apostrophe ( ’ …   Wikipedia

  • percent —  , percentage point  If interest rates are 10 percent and are raised to 11 percent, they have gone up by one percentage point, but by 10 percent in value (i.e., borrowers must now pay 10 percent more than previously). In everyday contexts the… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Percent difference — is the numerical interpretation of comparing two values with one another.The general requirement for selecting two values to be compared is that the user of this technique expects the two values to be numerically equivalent. In other words,… …   Wikipedia

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