Pronunciation: (pur-sent'), [key]
1. Also called per centum. one one-hundredth part; 1/100.
2. percentage (defs. 1, 3.).
3. Brit.stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.
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: % Also,per cent".
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