Meaning of per cent in English:

per cent

(US percent)

Pronunciation /pə ˈsɛnt/


  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children whose diets were supplemented with milk rather than meat saw a 40 percent greater increase.’
    • ‘The union has cut its wage demand by more than half, seeking a 2.5 percent yearly increase.’
    • ‘What is felt towards you is ten percent genuine disagreement and ninety per cent envy.’
    • ‘The Government is saying that the best it can ever expect is 3.9 percent economic growth.’
    • ‘You can't win in this world unless you are 100 percent flexible, and none of us are that.’
    • ‘It has opened the door for 74 percent foreign direct investment in the telecom sector.’
    • ‘Too often we find ourselves judging people when we are far from 100 percent a saint.’
    • ‘They say they are being paid nine percent less than their public hospital counterparts.’
    • ‘To put that in perspective, the district is twenty percent larger than the State of Massachusetts.’
    • ‘I thought about it for a few days and you know what, I think it's 100 percent the right thing to do.’
    • ‘We lived in an area that was 99 percent Jewish, with immigrants from Russia and Poland.’
    • ‘When the needle was rotated back and forth, the pullout force was 53 percent greater.’
    • ‘To get the cash we have to carry and sort a daily load which is 50 percent greater than before.’
    • ‘If anyone out there can explain to me how hair can be sixty percent shinier, please let me know.’
    • ‘We know this virus is 100 percent preventable, so why is the number of new cases on the rise?’
    • ‘In less than two years water bills in England had rocketed to 70 percent higher than anywhere else.’
    • ‘The cost of meat in the stores is at least 2 percent higher than it was last year.’


  • 1One part in every hundred.

    ‘a reduction of half a per cent or so in price’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Email marketing has low response rates, typically less than half a percent, but is very, very cheap.’
    • ‘Only one half to one percent of the fruit Finn planted a few years ago will make it past this point.’
    • ‘Florida law calls for a recount if the difference between candidates is less than half of one percent.’
    • ‘Twenty-one percent of renters paid more than half of their incomes for rent in 1981.’
    • ‘Sixty eight per cent of respondents used some form of electronic article surveillance in at least some of their stores.’
    • ‘Only five per cent of respondents consider that vendors were open about the true costs associated with their products.’
    • ‘One hundred percent of the respondents voted for the latter.’
    • ‘Seventy five per cent of all patients waiting for non-emergency surgery were admitted within three months for their treatment.’
    • ‘Only one per cent said they had been bullied because of their ethnic origin.’
    • ‘Sixty six per cent said that they thought a canal through the town centre was a good idea.’
    • ‘Thirty six percent of the vote to run the country cannot be right.’
    • ‘Fifty nine per cent of the patients were positive for cocaine.’
    • ‘But the total bill increase ranges from 15.1 per cent to 16.2 per cent.’
    • ‘One-third got advice from friends and only seven per cent said teachers provided appropriate information.’
    • ‘Seventy nine per cent of patients with isolated long bone fractures received analgesia, which is consistent with a previous report.’
    • ‘Sales for the past few years have only poked along, growing just a few percent per year since 1997.’
    • ‘Eleven and a half percent of the participants had no educational qualifications.’
    1. 1.1The rate, number, or amount in each hundred.
      ‘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.