percentage point


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

Examples of percentage point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Biden defeated Trump in Arizona by less than half a percentage point. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2024 Davids won reelection by 12 percentage points in 2022, building on her 10 percentage point victory in 2020, when the district lines included all of Wyandotte County and were more favorable to Democrats. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 3 May 2024 Trump won the state in 2016 by less than 11,000 votes, or about two-tenths of a percentage point. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2024 In 2016, Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by just over one percentage point (47.2% to 46.5%). Sam Woodward, USA TODAY, 2 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for percentage point 

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of percentage point was in 1958

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“Percentage point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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