- 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.
Origin of discrepancy
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Examples from the Web for discrepance
This name has been retained in all subsequent treaties with them, not, however, without some discrepance in the orthography.
The causes of the difference of our species have been the subject of as great a discrepance in opinion.Curiosities of Medical Experience
J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
There is error and discrepance in the schemes of the orthoepists, which shows the impossibility of carrying them into effect.English Grammar in Familiar Lectures
- a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
Word Origin and History for discrepance
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.