What Does PCT Mean in a Text?

PCT means "Pacific Crest Trail," "Patent Cooperation Treaty," and "Percent." Here is more information about each of these definitions of PCT.

Pacific Crest Trail

In the context of outdoor recreation and hiking, PCT often refers to the "Pacific Crest Trail," a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the US Pacific coast.

The PCT is one of the most significant trail systems in the US and is often referred to as part of the "Triple Crown" of long-distance hiking, along with the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and Appalachian Trail (AT).

Patent Cooperation Treaty

In legal and international contexts, PCT can refer to the "Patent Cooperation Treaty," an international patent law treaty that provides a unified procedure for filing patent applications.


In chat relating to mathematics or statistics, PCT (or Pct or pct) can be shorthand for "percent."

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Context is crucial to understanding the meaning of the abbreviation PCT.

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Pacific Crest Trail" is the most common definition for PCT on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Pacific Crest Trail
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Patent Cooperation Treaty" is another common definition for PCT.
Definition:Patent Cooperation Treaty
Guessability:guessability level 5

5: Extremely difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Summary of Key Points for the Third Definition

"Percent" is yet another common definition for PCT.
Guessability:guessability level 2

2: Quite easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers
When used with the meanings "Pacific Crest Trail" or "Patent Cooperation Treaty," PCT is classified as an initialism. Initialisms are abbreviations pronounced one letter at a time.

When used with the meaning "percent," pct is a shortened version of the actual word, therefore it is a contraction. Contractions can be formed formed in a number of ways, including:
  • Omitting letters from the word (e.g., pct, obv from obviously).
  • Using letters from the start and end of the word (e.g., Dr from Doctor).
  • Using an apostrophe to replace a letter or letters (e.g., don't from do not, can't from cannot).

Example of PCT Used in a Text

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