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discrepancy

or discrepance

[dih-skrep-uh n-see] /dɪˈskrɛp ən si/
noun, plural discrepancies for 2.
1.
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.
2.
an instance of difference or inconsistency:
There are certain discrepancies between the two versions of the story.
Origin of discrepancy
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin discrepantia, equivalent to discrepant- (see discrepant) + -ia; see -ancy
Synonyms
1. incongruity, disagreement, discordance, contrariety, variance. See difference. 2. variation.
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  • There seems a discrepancy, but anything is better for a thoughtful youth than to be made in the Garden of Eden.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • She seemed quite unaware of the discrepancy, but he was aware of it.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • There is no doubt a discrepancy, but it is not one between these two localities.

    What Gunpowder Plot Was Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • There was too great a discrepancy between his knowledge of the situation and its appearance.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • To obviate this discrepancy in building with uneven logs, we can fill in the chinks with clay.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for discrepancy

discrepancy

/dɪˈskrɛpənsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
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
n.

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.

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