Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Statistics Any one of the numbers or values in a series dividing the distribution of the individuals in the series into ten groups of equal frequency.
  • n. Statistics Any one of the ten groups.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the values in a series that divides the distribution of individuals in that series into ten groups of equal frequency.
  • n. Any one of the ten subsets or groups so divided.
  • n. An aspect or position of two planets when they are distant from each other a tenth part of the zodiac.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores

Etymologies

dec(i)- + -ile2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Based on my experience, among those who work, the bottom decile is putting in at least as many hours – and a lot more labor – than the top decile. cmholm says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Income and Distribution Comparisons

  • While the absolute wealth of the top decile is huge and growing their relative wealth is continuing to grow and that is the greatest prize of all.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Bonanza

  • Even within that top "decile," the distribution is remarkably skewed.

    The costs of rising economic inequality

  • Of people in the top decile of religiosity, 61 percent say it is very important that their child marry within the faith, while another 21 percent say it is somewhat important.

    American Grace

  • While religious diversity loses a little luster among those with the highest levels of religiosity, they still endorse it overwhelmingly 74 percent of Americans in the top decile of religiosity see the good in religious diversity.

    American Grace

  • By “highly religious,” we mean people who rank in the top decile of the religiosity index discussed in Chapter 1, while “highly secular” means those in the bottom decile.

    American Grace

  • The top decile of this scale accounts for 27 percent of all evangelical Protestants.

    American Grace

  • The percentage loss in the richest decile group is higher than in all but the bottom three decile groups, but in fact this is largely driven by tax rises for the very richest approximately the top 1%.

    George Osborne given stark warning on cuts' impact

  • The thinktank said the losses among this decile would be concentrated among the highest 1% of earners, due to the increase in the top rate of income tax to 50% for those earning more than £150,000, and the withdrawal of the personal income tax allowance and less generous pension relief for those earning more than £100,000.

    George Osborne given stark warning on cuts' impact

  • "Taking all family types together, within the bottom nine income decile groups, those with the lowest incomes are set to lose the most from these reforms as a percentage of income … Given that the annual welfare budget is being cut by £18bn, this is perhaps not a surprise."

    George Osborne given stark warning on cuts' impact

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