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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. 2. variation.
Synonym Study
1. See difference. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • This is a discrepancy which will bear a good deal of accounting for.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton
  • There is no doubt a discrepancy, but it is not one between these two localities.

    What Gunpowder Plot Was Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • Hence there was great amazement when the discrepancy was discovered.

  • 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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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