- a difference or discrepancy, as between two statements or documents in law that should agree.
- a departure from the cause of action originally stated in the complaint.
- variable star,
- variable-density wind tunnel,
- variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease,
- (of things) in a state of difference or disagreement.
- (of persons) in a state of controversy or dissension: at variance with one's superiors.
Origin of variance
- (often foll by with)(of facts, etc) not in accord; conflicting
- (of persons) in a state of dissension
mid-14c., "fact of undergoing change," from Old French variance, from Latin variantia, from variare "to change" (see vary). Meaning "state of disagreement" is recorded from early 15c. The U.S. zoning sense of "official dispensation from a building regulation" is recorded from 1925.
Differing, discrepant; also, in a state of conflict. For example, John's and Mary's answers are at variance means that their answers do not agree, or John was at variance with his in-laws means that he strongly disagreed or quarreled with them. [Early 1500s]