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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Della Sala observes that the researchers labeled impairment as any test result that fell below the 40th percentile of normal response. Michael Hiltzik,, "Is junk science adding to the mystery of the Havana embassy attacks?," 12 June 2018 Full-time employees at the 10th percentile of the income distribution are earning almost 4% more than a year ago. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 In the study it was hired to perform, Korn Ferry calculated and compared the total remuneration received by those officials to market percentiles that were based on data from peer organizations. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Study: University of Louisville Foundation overpaid Ramsey, others," 29 May 2018 Meanwhile, Statcast's assessment of Cain’s sprint speed (top four percentile) jibes with his +8 baserunning runs, which ranked third in the majors behind only Buxton and Betts (both +9). Jay Jaffe,, "What Is Lorenzo Cain Really Worth? More Than You May Think," 8 Jan. 2018 In April testing put Flint in the 90th percentile at 4 ppb of lead, which is below the federal action level of 15 ppb, according to the state. Emily Price, Fortune, "Elon Musk Says on Twitter He'll Pay to Fix Flint, Michigan Homes With Contaminated Water," 11 July 2018 Finished in the 87th percentile as a pick-and-roll scorer (0.57 points per possession). Si Wire,, "Cavaliers Select Collin Sexton With the No. 8 Pick in the 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Additionally, Doncic’s hip abduction (used to measure how efficiently players move laterally) numbers rank in the 78th percentile against NBA athletes. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Suns aim for Deandre Ayton, but biomechanics lift Luka Doncic into conversation," 20 June 2018 Overall, Cremo allowed 0.94 points per possession, which put him in the 29th percentile nationally. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "What recruiting target Joe Cremo could potentially bring to KU | The Kansas City Star," 1 May 2018

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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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