- 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 discrepancy
"The discrepancy may have been that we really don't see black or white among our colleagues," Zoll said.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: August 17
August 17, 2014
By no means does this discrepancy indicate that Barnard is necessarily safer for women.No Rapes On Campus? No Way.
July 5, 2014
But there is a discrepancy in the way masturbation is discussed in regards to men and women.C’mon, Ladies, Masturbation Isn’t Just for Bad Girls
June 19, 2014
He claims in his complaint that the agency never clarified the discrepancy nor did it pay Shanklin the $35,000.How Models Get Robbed on the Runway
May 7, 2014
The discrepancy in these figures is not for lack of fighting.The Medal of Honor Disgrace
Brian Van Reet
March 26, 2014
Still, the size of a discrepancy does not make any difference.A Woman Intervenes
The discrepancy of dates is based on the difference of the two calendars.
She seemed quite unaware of the discrepancy, but he was aware of it.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
There was too great a discrepancy between his knowledge of the situation and its appearance.Death Wish
In no other State is the discrepancy so great in the salary of men and women teachers.
- a conflict or variation, as between facts, figures, or claims
Word Origin and History for discrepancy
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.