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I want to say that we should use a percentage as opposed to a "hard number" (or a distinct value).

Like instead of designating a budget of $990,000 for a particular department, we should designate a budget of 14%. Is there a single word to describe this concept?

So can you fill in this sentence?

"Instead of using a _______ for the budget, we should use a percentage".

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  • As one who was 40 years a bean counter, I would use absolute amount.
    – WS2
    Feb 27, 2015 at 22:28

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You can use "absolute amount" or "fixed amount" to contrast with a percentage, which is a "relative amount".

If you only want one word, you can simply say, "Instead of using an absolute for the budget, we should use a percentage."

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  • Thanks for your answer Paul. Is there a single word that can describe the concept?
    – Mike
    Feb 27, 2015 at 19:57
  • @Mike: Try fixedAmount if this is for programming.
    – Robusto
    Feb 27, 2015 at 20:00
  • @Robusto, it's not for programming.
    – Mike
    Feb 27, 2015 at 20:05
  • @Mike Sure. You can simply say, "Instead of using an absolute for the budget, we should use a percentage."
    – Paul Rowe
    Feb 27, 2015 at 20:12
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"definite" as in " definite number"

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  • "Instead of using a definite for the budget*? What sort of English do you speak? Feb 27, 2015 at 22:15
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You can simply use the word amount.

"Instead of using an amount for the budget, we should use a percentage".

M-W:

amount

noun

1 b : the quantity at hand or under consideration 

What is the amount to be paid?

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