[ dis-kawr-dns ]
See synonyms for discordance on Thesaurus.com
  1. a discordant state; disagreement; discord.

  2. an instance of this.

  1. Geology. lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.

  2. (in genetic studies) the degree of dissimilarity in a pair of twins with respect to the presence or absence of a disease or trait.

Origin of discordance

1300–50; Middle English <Anglo-French discordaunce, descordance;see discord, -ance

Words Nearby discordance

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use discordance in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discordance



/ (dɪsˈkɔːdəns) /

  1. geology an arrangement of rock strata in which the older underlying ones dip at a different angle from the younger overlying ones; unconformity

  2. lack of agreement or consonance

  1. variants of discord

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012