[ dih-skrep-uhnt ]
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  1. (usually of two or more objects, accounts, findings etc.) differing; disagreeing; inconsistent: discrepant accounts.

Origin of discrepant

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin discrepant- (stem of discrepāns), present participle of discrepāre to sound discordant, equivalent to dis-dis-1 + crepāre to crack, creak; see -ant

Other words from discrepant

  • dis·crep·ant·ly, adverb
  • self-dis·crep·ant, adjective
  • self-dis·crep·ant·ly, adverb

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How to use discrepant in a sentence

  • The attempt to harmonize different ideas means that in themselves they are discrepant.

  • These two tendencies, apparently so discrepant, are far from conflicting; they advance together, and mutually support each other.

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  • A clue is often found to the meaning in examining startlingly discrepant statements connected with the same leading word.

  • Horum posteri a circumjacente Celticæ originis populo lingua etiam nunc omnino discrepant.

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  • Of Bothwell, the third protagonist in the tragedy of Three, we have no portrait, and but discrepant descriptions.

British Dictionary definitions for discrepant


/ (dɪˈskrɛpənt) /

  1. inconsistent; conflicting; at variance

Origin of discrepant

C15: from Latin discrepāns, from discrepāre to differ in sound, from dis- 1 + crepāre to be noisy

Derived forms of discrepant

  • discrepantly, adverb

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