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I have the following as a definition for "percent."

"Percent means "per hundred" which means the proportion is measured from 0 to 100."

If some other word could replace "proportion" in the above definition what would it be?  Would "whole" be correct?

When I think of proportion, I think of two fractions separated by an equal sign, as in 1/2 = 2/4.

I thank you for your reply.

When a percent is used, only one number is seen.  It should be written as a number, followed by a percent symbol.  Occasionally, it will be referred to as a percent and no symbol is needed.
If the total is clearly 100, then a percent symbol is also left out if not needed.
Example: 13 percent = 13%; 65 percent = 65%; the division is 60-40 (which is 60% and 40%).
A percentage only requires one number for each percentage involved.

When a ratio is used, it is a comparison between two numbers.
If there are 10 apples and 15 bananas, the ratio is 10:15.
Since these two numbers are both divisible by 5, it could also be written as 2:3.
This would mean the 1st one took up 2/5 of the total and the 2nd one took up 3/5 of the total.

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