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Hi,

if the word appears in dictionaries, it means it has been officially accepted as a word.

It happens that, in English, the morpheme "wise" is used for creating adverbs by adding it to a noun as a suffix. It means that you can go ahead and create your own words without worrying if they can be found in a dictionary or not because the morphological rules of the English language allow this.

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Is 'percentagewise' a word?

It is in the Oxford English Dictionary, but with a hyphen: "percentage-wise."

Quote:

percentage-wise, adv.

Pronunciation: Brit. /pəˈsɛntɪdʒˌwʌɪz/
U.S. /pərˈsɛn(t)ɪdʒˌwaɪz/
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: percentage n., -wise comb. form.

As a percentage; as regards percentages; (more generally) relatively.

1912   F. Soddy Matter & Energy ii. 53   Quite a large number of commonly occurring compounds had been analysed by chemists and the composition expressed percentage-wise as above.
1960   Guardian 8 Mar. 1/2   The number of deaths percentagewise is far less than other deaths..by other heating means.
1991   N.Y. Times 8 Oct. b11/4   Harper threw out only 28 of 126 potential base-stealers this season, the worst record percentage-wise in the league.
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It is in the Oxford English Dictionary, but with a hyphen: "percentage-wise."

Quote:

percentage-wise, adv.

Pronunciation: Brit. /pəˈsɛntɪdʒˌwʌɪz/
U.S. /pərˈsɛn(t)ɪdʒˌwaɪz/
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: percentage n., -wise comb. form.

As a percentage; as regards percentages; (more generally) relatively.

1912   F. Soddy Matter & Energy ii. 53   Quite a large number of commonly occurring compounds had been analysed by chemists and the composition expressed percentage-wise as above.
1960   Guardian 8 Mar. 1/2   The number of deaths percentagewise is far less than other deaths..by other heating means.
1991   N.Y. Times 8 Oct. b11/4   Harper threw out only 28 of 126 potential base-stealers this season, the worst record percentage-wise in the league.

Most dictionaries show it with a hyphen. Except for this one:

https://www.merriam-webster.co...onary/percentagewise



I'm worried since I intend to use it on my IELTS.

@Ashraful Haque posted:

I'm worried since I intend to use it on my IELTS.

I agree with Lucas that the hyphen is stylistically optional in "percentage(-)wise." Would you like to share with us the sentence you are considering using, or the type of sentence you are considering using, on your IELTS?

There may be a  more formal way of phrasing it. I generally use "-wise"-formations like this when I'm speaking informally. In informal English, they may be coined at will -- e.g.: "How are you dinner-wise? Have you eaten yet?"

I found this example on a dictionary: "this college ranked second in the nation percentagewise in the production of scientists."

That sentence could be rephrased like this:

  • This college ranked second highest in the nation in the percentage of scientists produced.
Last edited by David, Moderator

I agree with Lucas that the hyphen is stylistically optional in "percentage(-)wise." Would you like to share with us the sentence you are considering using, or the type of sentence you are considering using, on your IELTS?

There may be a  more formal way of phrasing it. I generally use "-wise"-formations like this when I'm speaking informally. In informal English, they may be coined at will -- e.g.: "How are you dinner-wise? Have you eaten yet?"

That sentence could be rephrased like this:

  • This college ranked second highest in the nation in the percentage of scientists produced.

Thank you for the suggestion. I intend to use it on academic written task 2. Given that I get a question that has to do with percentage.

I know there are a lot of ways to paraphrase a sentence but, I was told that it's always a good idea to use different words and style. So I thought I might as well add this word to my list.

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