percentage point


Definition of percentage point 

: one hundredth of a whole : percent interest rates rose one percentage point from 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent

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Statewide, scores were generally up a few percentage points, depending on the grade level and test. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "See early test scores from Houston ISD's 10 targeted schools," 3 July 2018 But Democrats were only a few percentage points behind: Of the voters who ranked this as the most important or an important issue, 76 percent were Republicans and 68 percent Democrats. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Why Democrats have basically no chance of stopping Trump’s Supreme Court pick," 28 June 2018 With the two most recent classes, those numbers have shifted a few percentage points, with the academy’s ranks currently 87% white and 72% male. Josh Rottenberg,, "Motion picture academy prepares to add new members as diversity push continues," 22 June 2018 With certain red wines, which are easier to replicate than whites, IBG has come within a few percentage points of matching the components at a parts-per-billion level. Bruce Schoenfeld, WIRED, "Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It," 30 May 2018 The annual interest payments on convertible securities also can be a few percentage points lower than rates on traditional unsecured bonds. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Chinese Tech Unicorns Try a Different Approach to Raising Cash," 22 May 2018 The program allows many real estate investors to avoid paying capital gains taxes on new projects in opportunity zones — enough to add a few percentage points to an investor’s bottom line and perhaps make a project profitable enough to build. Tim Logan,, "Opportunity knocks for cities, but is there a hidden cost?," 18 May 2018 And some employers gradually increase the automatic savings by a few percentage points a year. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Job hunters need to ask potential employers about this job perk," 16 May 2018 Leveling up specific pilot stats in BattleTech hardly feels worth it at first, but a few extra percentage points of accuracy or a few less in penalty for firing missiles over obstacles adds up. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "BattleTech is a more tactical, punishing view of mech battling," 3 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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