I am writing a paper. There is a term used in my work that represents "the degree of completion", i.e., 32% in the phrase "32% was completed". I tried "progress" but think it's not intuitive and "completeness" but find this should be used to represent if an event is complete. This term is important for my work hence I want to find a single and intuitive word to represent its meaning, any suggestion?

  • What is the sentence you want to use the phrase in? Put a blank where you want the phrase to go. For example, if you were asking about your cat, one sentence could be "My cat is ____."
    – CJ Dennis
    Apr 13, 2020 at 6:20
  • What I’ve seen is not a single word, but “completion percentage” “completion level” Also progress seems to fit- that’s what a progress bar shows.
    – Jim
    Apr 13, 2020 at 6:25
  • @CJDennis "Our model can predict ___ (degree of completion) of action for video frame according to the image content in that frame". This is just an example. The main reason looking for a single word is that I want to use it in the paper title. Apr 13, 2020 at 15:39
  • @Jim Thanks, both are great. I may give up looking for a single word. Currently, I am using "progression", e.g. using "action progreesion" to represent the percentage of action progress has been done. I am also considering using the "progress rate". Any comments on these two? Thank you! Apr 13, 2020 at 15:46
  • I think progression is fine if you are predicting what comes next. If you are predicting some level of completeness- a percentage, then I think progression is not the right word. I also think progress rate is closer to the first derivative of progress and should not be used to label a completion percentage,
    – Jim
    Apr 13, 2020 at 16:16

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"Completion" itself works for what you need, see for example:


Any phrase composed of "(fraction/percent) completion" will be understood to mean the degree of completion.

In the example sentence you provided it would be simply:

"Our model can predict 30% completion of action for video frame according to the image content in that frame"

though the rest of that sentence could use some editing and I'm not sure what exactly you intend to convey.

  • But OP is asking for 'The degree of completion was 30%' say, and a bare 'completion' is unidiomatic here. The examples you link to are not of the required form, using '30% completion' say. May 14, 2020 at 19:12
  • @Edwin "30% completion" is idiomatic. May 14, 2020 at 19:36
  • Yes (and these are used in your linked examples). But not 'the completion was 30%'. May 14, 2020 at 19:42
  • @Edwin I'm not sure why you are changing words around to make it fail. May 14, 2020 at 19:53
  • OP asks for '... a term ... that represents "the degree of completion", i.e., 32% in the phrase "32% was completed". ' It's you who are changing words around. And the title requests '[A] single word to represent “degree of completion" '; if the answer were merely 'completion', the correct response would be to C-V rather than answer, on 'more suitable for ELL' or 'lack of research shown' grounds. May 14, 2020 at 20:04

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