[ dih-skrep-uhn-see ]
/ dɪˈskrɛp ən si /

noun, plural dis·crep·an·cies 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.

Nearby words

  1. discreate,
  2. discredit,
  3. discreditable,
  4. discreet,
  5. discreetly,
  6. discrepant,
  7. discrete,
  8. discrete variable,
  9. discretely,
  10. discretion

Also dis·crep·ance.

Origin of discrepancy

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

Synonym study

1. See difference.

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British Dictionary definitions for discrepance


/ (dɪˈskrɛpənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims


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 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.

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