noun var·i·ance \ˈver-ē-ən(t)s\

: an amount of difference or change

law : an official decision or document that allows someone to do something that is not usually allowed by the rules

Full Definition of VARIANCE

:  the fact, quality, or state of being variable or variant :  difference, variation <yearly variance in crops>
:  the fact or state of being in disagreement :  dissension, dispute
:  a disagreement between two parts of the same legal proceeding that must be consonant
:  a license to do some act contrary to the usual rule <a zoning variance>
:  the square of the standard deviation
at variance
:  not in harmony or agreement

Examples of VARIANCE

  1. There was some variance in the results.
  2. We noticed a slight variance between the quality of the samples.
  3. He had to get a variance to add a garage on to his house.

First Known Use of VARIANCE

14th century


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