- 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.
Origin of discrepancy
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Examples from the Web for discrepancies
As a result, all listeners really know about him are the discrepancies and holes in the version he told in 1999.The Scoop on ‘Serial’: Making Sense of The Nisha Call, Asia's Letters, and Our Obsession
December 11, 2014
Let the House vote across party lines for a different approach and then address the discrepancies in conference.Border Kids Crisis—Impotent Congress
July 10, 2014
These discrepancies (and more) can only be explained by implicit racial bias.
There are only two ways to account for these discrepancies in society.
For six months Chesapeake declined to answer questions about these discrepancies posed by ProPublica.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
He pointed out the discrepancies which he had found in the accounts.A Woman Intervenes
Obvious mistakes have been corrected, but other discrepancies have not been changed.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
Dialect spellings, contractions and discrepancies have been retained.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
But the account of his execution are full of contradictions and discrepancies.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
But, after all, these discrepancies are really of no moment, and may be allowed to pass.Through Veld and Forest
- a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
Word Origin and History for discrepancies
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.