- 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
And increased coverage explained 88% of the variance in death rate— an extremely strong correlation.
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|Jamelle Bouie|November 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But that conceals a great deal of variance in the outcomes: for some people, the expense isnt' worth it at all.
Well, it suggests that college is to some extent a lottery; the averages are concealing a lot of variance.
My mind is not made up fully as to whether the variance vitiates the Record or not.Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals|William H. Armstrong
Even the virtuous fall sometimes to variance, when their virtues are of different kinds and tending to extremes.Rasselas|Samuel Johnson
As one of the fruits of polygamy, the children of different mothers are always in a state of variance.Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa|David Livingstone
It is impossible for two characters to be more at variance than the real and fictitious Falstaff.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The practice was at variance with the old sessional order: it is consistent with the new standing order of 1845.
British Dictionary definitions for variance
- (often foll by with) (of facts, etc) not in accord; conflicting
- (of persons) in a state of dissension
Word Origin and History for variance
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.