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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. See difference.
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Historical Examples

  • This name has been retained in all subsequent treaties with them, not, however, without some discrepance in the orthography.

    Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

  • The causes of the difference of our species have been the subject of as great a discrepance in opinion.

    Curiosities of Medical Experience

    J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen

  • There is error and discrepance in the schemes of the orthoepists, which shows the impossibility of carrying them into effect.

British Dictionary definitions for discrepance


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 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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