dec·​ile | \ ˈde-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce decile (audio) , -səl \

Definition of decile

: any one of nine numbers that divide a frequency distribution into 10 classes such that each contains the same number of individuals also : any one of these 10 classes

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Other Words from decile

decile adjective

Examples of decile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By 2014, Gallup had ranked Nationwide in the sixth decile of the North American Finance Insurance workgroup database and operating revenues had increased, according to a Harvard Business School case study. Whitney Bronson, Forbes, 17 May 2021 In counties experiencing the highest spread of the disease (the top decile), households with a birthday averaged 8.6 more cases per 10,000 individuals than others nearby without birthdays. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 21 June 2021 People in the next decile consumed, on average, 15 drinks a week, and in the one below that, six drinks a week. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 But even this decile is largely denied access to the heart of the second economy. Rana Dasgupta, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 The difference is that in the Obama part of the boom the income of the top decile rose by 20 percent, with tiny gains for other groups. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2020 Credit Suisse’s Global Wealth Databook shows the top decile’s share was little changed between 2000 and 2017, although the very wealthiest fared better. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 6 Nov. 2020 The top decile also owned 60% of housing wealth and 64% of pension assets. Aroop Chatterjee, Quartz Africa, 30 Apr. 2020 In 2017 the income of the richest tenth of households was 39.1 times higher than that of the poorest decile, according to a survey by the social development ministry. The Economist, 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of decile

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decile

Latin decem ten — more at ten

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“Decile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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