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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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 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

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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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