Simple Definition of variance
: 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
3 : a disagreement between two parts of the same legal proceeding that must be consonant
4 : a license to do some act contrary to the usual rule <a zoning variance>
5 : the square of the standard deviation
: not in harmony or agreement
Examples of variance
There was some variance in the results.
We noticed a slight variance between the quality of the samples.
He had to get a variance to add a garage on to his house.
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