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[dih-skrep-uh n-see]
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noun, plural dis·crep·an·cies 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.
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Also dis·crep·ance.

Origin of discrepancy

1615–25; < Latin discrepantia, equivalent to discrepant- (see discrepant) + -ia; see -ancy


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1. incongruity, disagreement, discordance, contrariety, variance. 2. variation.

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1. See difference.
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noun plural -cies
  1. a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
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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 discrepancies



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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