Percentages are used to measure quite a bit in mathematics and life in general. A percent by definition is actual number of something when divided by one hundred.

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per·cent

[per-sent]

NOUN

1.

one one-hundredth part; 1/100.

2.

3.

British stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.

ADJECTIVE

4.

figured or expressed on the basis of a rate or proportion per hundred (used in combination with a number in expressing rates of interest, proportions, etc.): to get three percent interest. Symbol: %

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