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discrepant

[dih-skrep-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. (usually of two or more objects, accounts, findings etc.) differing; disagreeing; inconsistent: discrepant accounts.
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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
Related formsdis·crep·ant·ly, adverbself-dis·crep·ant, adjectiveself-dis·crep·ant·ly, adverb
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Related Words for discrepant

conflicting, contradictory, contrary, different, discordant, disparate, dissonant, divergent, diverse, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, varying, incongruent, differing, inconsonant

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Historical Examples of discrepant

  • Two discrepant accounts are given of Saul's rejection from the kingdom, I Sam.

    Creed And Deed

    Felix Adler

  • To object to the presence of discrepant accounts is to object to mythology for being mythological.

  • May I not say that I seem to detect traces of an hypothesis in the making, and of discrepant theories?

  • There can be no true harmony among friends when their sensibilities are shocked, or their views are discrepant.

  • There is no real sign of discrepant authorship, therefore, but rather a new indication of unity.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider


British Dictionary definitions for discrepant

discrepant

adjective
  1. inconsistent; conflicting; at variance
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Derived Formsdiscrepantly, adverb

Word Origin for discrepant

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