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 Percent:  A fraction or ratio in which the denominator is 100.

For example, 12/100 or 0.12 can be thought of as 12%. 1/4 or 0.25 can be thought of as 25%, since 1/4 = 25/100.

Percents are an easy way to compare data because they have the common denominator of 100.