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percent

(pĕr-sĕnt)
Per hundred; one of each hundred. The symbol % is used to indicate that the preceding number is a percentage rather than an absolute number. Thus, 8% of 50 is 4; whereas 8% of 500 is 40.
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If my memory be right they amount to twenty per cent.
They charge a fair price and make ten per cent profit for the State.
The personal interview looks as if there were no trickery, and then no one could object to five per cent.
The purse'll be sixty-five per cent of the gate receipts.
Over fifty per cent are thralls by virtue of the fact that they are merely tenants or are mortgaged.
If I could get twenty or thirty pounds to begin with, I could pay five per cent for it, and then I could gradually make a little capital of my own, and do without a loan.
and the Directors have every reason to believe that ten per cent.
There was no system whatever in swindling me out of a penny -- a clear fraud of fifty per cent -- no method in any respect.
I fancy if he had said it was the interest that he objected to he would have been nearer the truth: twenty-five per cent.
A five-per cent safe investment had no attraction for him; but to risk millions in sharp, harsh skirmish, standing to lose everything or to win fifty or a hundred per cent, was the savor of life to him.
His wildest dreams had not exceeded a hundred per cent.
He wouldn't look at a bargain that gave him ten, fifteen per cent profit, but holds back to buy a rouble's worth for twenty kopecks.