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 The top decile also owned 60% of housing wealth and 64% of pension assets. Aroop Chatterjee, Quartz Africa, "South Africa needs a wealth tax to help stop coronavirus worsening inequality," 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, "Riots after a fare increase damage Chile’s image of stability," 20 Oct. 2019 The primary care physicians, however, must also be considered a primary target, and physician-prescribing information by decile must be used to target the highest potential physicians. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Faced with prescriber fears of OxyContin misuse, Purdue sales reps misleadingly played up drug’s safety, documents show," 9 Jan. 2020 The company didn’t offer health insurance to part-time workers, for example, had only minimal caregiver leave, and paid its top-earning employees a lot more than its lowest decile. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Danone is showing multinationals the way to a less destructive form of capitalism," 9 Dec. 2019 All of the big four barring the Commonwealth are in the second-highest decile among their peers in terms of analysts’ estimates for blended-forward 12-month dividend yields. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Australian Banks Are Crashing Down to Earth," 26 Nov. 2019 All are around the median deciles relative to their peers in other countries except for Commonwealth Bank, with National Australia Bank Ltd. somewhat below the midpoint. David Fickling | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Australian Banks Are Crashing Down to Earth," 26 Nov. 2019 For Asian-Americans in the top decile of academic skill, just 13.4% are admitted, compared with 18.5% of whites (see chart). The Economist, "A lawsuit reveals how peculiar Harvard’s definition of merit is," 21 June 2018 Ten full tax returns, each representative of a decile of income in the United States. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "What Item Would You Put in a Time Capsule to Help the Next Century Understand Our Current Moment?," 24 Apr. 2018

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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 26 Oct. 2020.

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