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What is mathematical basis for the percent symbol (%)?

Where does the % symbol originate from?

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See this question –  Henning Makholm Nov 3 '11 at 18:43
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marked as duplicate by Henning Makholm, t.b., J. M., leonbloy, Asaf Karagila Nov 4 '11 at 11:02

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This is has a decent explanation.

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with a decent warning ...This section's factual accuracy is disputed... –  user13838 Nov 4 '11 at 3:36
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