per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtī(-ə)l How to pronounce percentile (audio) \

Definition of percentile

: a value on a scale of 100 that indicates the percent of a distribution that is equal to or below it a score in the 95th percentile

Examples of percentile in a Sentence

His height and weight are in the 80th percentile for boys his age.
Recent Examples on the Web Some of those include the following: Conduct periodic physical fitness standard assessments to gauge cadets’ progress and ability to pass the final physical assessment at the 50th percentile or better. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 17 June 2022 One firm requirement, however, is a flexible design that will accommodate astronauts of all sizes: The new suits must fit a woman at the fifth percentile to a man at the 95th percentile. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 1 June 2022 Bloomberg analyzed flips in census tracts where the median home value was between the 40th and 60th percentile — neighborhoods where properties should be affordable for regular families. Patrick Clark, Fortune, 7 Jan. 2022 By contrast, more than half of those in the 90th to 95th percentile (those making between about $254,000 and $366,000) would get a tax cut. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 Mark Canha, playing center field with Ramón Laureano sidelined by groin tightness, ranks in the 73rd percentile of major-league players in sprint speed, per Statcast. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Consider lists of the most selective colleges or the colleges with the highest 75th percentile SAT or ACT test scores. Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 His 8 ¼-inch hands put him in the second percentile of all receivers ever at the NFL scouting combine. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 1 June 2022 The company currently has a dividend yield of 4.0% which is in the 93rd percentile of all stocks. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of percentile

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Percentile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtīl How to pronounce percentile (audio) \

Medical Definition of percentile

: a value on a scale of one hundred that indicates the percent of a distribution that is equal to or below it a percentile score of 95 is a score equal to or better than 95 percent of the scores

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