per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtī(-ə)l \

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.

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The author, seen here on the grounds of the Glyndebourne Opera House, learned that his own polygenic score showed him at risk for obesity at the 94th percentile for body mass index. Robert Plomin, WSJ, "Our Fortunetelling Genes," 15 Nov. 2018 The club’s video room hummed with computers loaded with clips that could reveal pitchers’ tendencies to the percentile. Ben Reiter,, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 Central to their criticism is that the Penn doctors used a score of 40th percentile or above as a cutoff point for passing neurophysiological tests in evaluations of six of the 21 patients evaluated (eTable 2). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US pulls two more from Cuba amid puzzling health cases now affecting China," 11 June 2018 Meanwhile, tech workers in the Valley have seen their incomes go up across every bracket — with the highest gains in real wages at the 80th and 90th percentile of tech’s income earners, at around 38 and 35 percent, respectively. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Inequality in Silicon Valley is getting worse: Wages are down for everyone but the top 10 percent," 13 Oct. 2018 The human team was made of a number of former pros and casters, with a skill level estimated at putting it around the 99.95th percentile of all Dota 2 players. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk’s Dota 2 bots spank top-tier humans, and they know how to trash talk," 6 Aug. 2018 In contrast, non-Hispanic whites at the 90th percentile made $117,986 in 2016, 7.8 times more than the 10th percentile at $15,094. NBC News, "Asian Americans now most economically divided group in U.S., report finds," 12 July 2018 Had success running the pick-and-roll as a senior (1.048 points per possession, 89th percentile) Won’t be a big scorer but can help blend lineups. Jeremy Woo,, "2018 NBA Draft: Kenrich Williams Scouting Report and Highlights," 17 June 2018 But surveys put parent satisfaction in the 88th to 96th percentiles. Laura Pappano, Washington Post, "Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of percentile

1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of percentile

: one of 100 equal parts that a group of people can be divided into in order to rank them


per·​cen·​tile | \ pər-ˈsen-ˌtīl \

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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