noun dis·crep·an·cy \dis-ˈkre-pən-sē\

: a difference especially between things that should be the same

plural dis·crep·an·cies

Full Definition of DISCREPANCY

:  the quality or state of disagreeing or being at variance
:  an instance of disagreeing or being at variance


  1. Discrepancies in the firm's financial statements led to an investigation.
  2. There were discrepancies between their accounts of the accident.
  3. Dr. Derman, who spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs and became managing director, was a forerunner of the many physicists and other scientists who have flooded Wall Street in recent years, moving from a world in which a discrepancy of a few percentage points in a measurement can mean a Nobel Prize or unending mockery to a world in which a few percent one way can land you in jail and a few percent the other way can win you your own private Caribbean island. —Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2009


(see discrepant)
First Known Use: circa 1623
DISCREPANCIES Defined for Kids


noun dis·crep·an·cy \di-ˈskre-pən-sē\

Definition of DISCREPANCY for Kids

:  a difference between things that are expected to be the same <There is a discrepancy in the records.>


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