Pronunciation: (pur-sen'tij), [key]
1. a rate or proportion per hundred.
2. an allowance, commission, or rate of interest calculated by percent.
3. a proportion in general: Only a small percentage of the class will graduate with honors.
4. gain; benefit; profit; advantage.
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