discrepant


dis·crep·ant

adjective \dis-ˈkre-pənt\

Definition of DISCREPANT

:  being at variance :  disagreeing <widely discrepant conclusions>
dis·crep·ant·ly adverb

Examples of DISCREPANT

  1. <widely discrepant conclusions on the impact the real estate development would have on the local environment>
  2. There had always been a question about what to do with observations (known as outliers) that are wildly discrepant from the mean. Obviously the observer has made a huge mistake somewhere—for example, reversing the digits when transcribing a number—but the fundamental premise of the law of errors is that mistakes should never be thrown out. How are astronomers supposed to distinguish between inaccuracies and sheer blunders? —Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club, 2001

Origin of DISCREPANT

Middle English discrepaunt, from Latin discrepant-, discrepans, present participle of discrepare to sound discordantly, from dis- + crepare to rattle, creak — more at raven
First Known Use: 15th century

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