# Definition: Percent

From New World Encyclopedia

## Etymology

From New Latin *per centum* (“by the hundred”).

## Adverb

- For every hundred (used with preceding numeral to form a noun phrase expressing a proportion).
*A resolution must receive fifty-one***percent**of the votes to pass.

### Usage notes

- A percentage is often denoted by the character %.
.**50%**denotes 50 percent

- The difference of two percentages is measured by percentage point, not by percent.
- In the UK, per cent is the normal form.

## Noun

**percent** (plural **percent** or **percents**)

- A percentage, a proportion (especially per hundred).
*only a small***percent**attain the top ranks

- One part per hundred; one percent.
- The percent sign, %.
- An annuity or security with a certain fixed and guaranteed annual percentage rate of return or percentage dividend.

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