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[dih-skrep-uh nt] /dɪˈskrɛp ənt/
(usually of two or more objects, accounts, findings etc.) differing; disagreeing; inconsistent:
discrepant accounts.
Origin of discrepant
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin discrepant- (stem of discrepāns), present participle of discrepāre to sound discordant, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + crepāre to crack, creak; see -ant
Related forms
discrepantly, adverb
self-discrepant, adjective
self-discrepantly, adverb Unabridged
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  • It is not difficult to unite these two apparently discrepant cases.
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  • Determine if there are any deficiencies, discrepant entries or lost receipts.
  • Draw a red line through the discrepant item on the copy.
  • The use of discrepant events in the teaching of science is one of the best methods to arouse this curiosity.
British Dictionary definitions for discrepant


inconsistent; conflicting; at variance
Derived Forms
discrepantly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin discrepāns, from discrepāre to differ in sound, from dis-1 + crepāre to be noisy
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