- a difference or discrepancy, as between two statements or documents in law that should agree.
- a departure from the cause of action originally stated in the complaint.
- (of things) in a state of difference or disagreement.
- (of persons) in a state of controversy or dissension: at variance with one's superiors.
Origin of variance
Examples from the Web for variance
Contemporary Examples of variance
And increased coverage explained 88% of the variance in death rate— an extremely strong correlation.Is The Media Marketing Pain Pills to Addicts?
March 4, 2014
But we should remember that the economy explains the large majority of the variance in political trust and approval.You Can Blame the Economy for President Obama's Unpopularity
November 13, 2013
But that conceals a great deal of variance in the outcomes: for some people, the expense isnt' worth it at all.Educational Inequality
June 27, 2013
Well, it suggests that college is to some extent a lottery; the averages are concealing a lot of variance.Higher Education and Earnings: Now With Graphs
February 20, 2013
Historical Examples of variance
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
She and his father had been at variance from his earliest remembrance.Little Dorrit
I have reason to curse those interests; they are for ever at variance with mine.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
He was in no hurry, however; he did not love her then, since he could be satisfied to live at variance with her.
She had gone to bed angry with Pascal; they were at variance with each other.
- (often foll by with)(of facts, etc) not in accord; conflicting
- (of persons) in a state of dissension
mid-14c., "fact of undergoing change," from Old French variance, from Latin variantia, from variare "to change" (see vary). Meaning "state of disagreement" is recorded from early 15c. The U.S. zoning sense of "official dispensation from a building regulation" is recorded from 1925.