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[dih-skrep-uh n-see] /dɪˈskrɛp ən si/
noun, plural discrepancies for 2.
the state or quality of being discrepant or in disagreement, as by displaying an unexpected or unacceptable difference; inconsistency:
The discrepancy between the evidence and his account of what happened led to his arrest.
an instance of difference or inconsistency:
There are certain discrepancies between the two versions of the story.
Also, discrepance.
Origin of discrepancy
1615-25; < Latin discrepantia, equivalent to discrepant- (see discrepant) + -ia; see -ancy
1. incongruity, disagreement, discordance, contrariety, variance. See difference. 2. variation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Mystified economists put the discrepancy down to unequal distribution.
  • The discrepancy between redshift and distance is produced by temporal variation .
  • It has argued that the discrepancy cannot be attributed to coverage alone.
  • Already, it has been alerted to a discrepancy between the amount of oil pumped and the amount shipped.
  • Because of this discrepancy, the two research assistants and the graduate student wanted to double-check the results.
  • I'd say the discrepancy is from the angle and low quality of the image.
  • Students with diagnosed learning disabilities have a significant discrepancy between their aptitude and their performance.
  • She became aware of the discrepancy a day after she certified the results.
  • It was not immediately possible to explain the discrepancy in the numbers.
  • The discrepancy between her report and that of state police could not immediately be reconciled.
British Dictionary definitions for discrepancy


noun (pl) -cies
a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
Usage note
Discrepancy is sometimes wrongly used where disparity is meant. A discrepancy exists between things which ought to be the same; it can be small but is usually significant. A disparity is a large difference between measurable things such as age, rank, or wages
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Word Origin and History for discrepancy

mid-15c. (discrepance), from Latin discrepantia "discordance, discrepancy," from discrepantem (nominative discrepans), present participle of discrepare "sound differently, differ," from dis- "apart, off" (see dis-) + crepare "to rattle, crack." Related: Discrepancies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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