dis·​crep·​an·​cy | \ di-ˈskre-pən-sē How to pronounce discrepancy (audio) \
plural discrepancies

Definition of discrepancy

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

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Examples of discrepancy in a Sentence

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 Why the difference? Why are some individuals so outwardly altered by time and others not? Or, in other words, why is there often a discrepancy between chronological age and biological age? Time, 17 Oct. 2005 If an article is on one machine but not the other, a copy is made to eliminate the discrepancy. — Simson Garfinkel, Technology Review, November 2001 The discrepancy can't be written off simply as lack of data, because it shows up in one of the best-studied periods in Earth's history … — Tim Appenzeller, Science, 12 Feb. 1993 Discrepancies in the firm's financial statements led to an investigation. There were discrepancies between their accounts of the accident.
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Recent Examples on the Web To clarify the seeming discrepancy, Billboard reached out to a veteran New Jersey attorney who has defended nearly 1,000 DUI/DWI cases in the Garden State. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Why Was Bruce Springsteen Busted for DWI? A Lawyer Explains," 12 Feb. 2021 How could the Morgans handle this glaring discrepancy between their contention that nobody spoke on the rights issue and the assertion, by an eyewitness, that Beckford did? William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021 That discrepancy can likely be explained by delays in reporting - the CDC last updated its data at 5 a.m. central time on Friday, while ADPH typically updates its numbers later in the day. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Coronavirus cases falling in Alabama, but vaccinations still slow: Week in review," 23 Jan. 2021 As a way to bring attention to this discrepancy, Pappas released a video op-ed for The New York Times in December emphasizing the need for the prioritization of mental health in sport—and speaking candidly about her own diagnosis and family history. Emilia Benton, SELF, "Olympian Alexi Pappas Wants to Bring Mental Health to the Forefront of Sport," 15 Jan. 2021 The discrepancy stems in part from Indonesia’s very low test rates. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "COVID-19 cases are soaring in Indonesia. Can a new health minister turn things around?," 15 Jan. 2021 Merchandise sales, booking fees, and social-media engagement make this discrepancy painfully clear. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Tamisha Said I Had Potential," 15 Jan. 2021 That discrepancy can be attributed to customers who used the company’s Refund Transfer option in 2019 and were issued a temporary account number. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Still waiting on your stimulus? H&R Block might have an answer," 5 Jan. 2021 As the General Assembly prepares to begin its 2021 legislative session next week, Watchdog RI chairman Ken Block, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, is calling for lawmakers to address the discrepancy. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "A double standard for disabled police and disabled firefighters in Rhode Island," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of discrepancy

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discrepancy

earlier discrepance in same sense (borrowed from Latin discrepantia, derivative of discrepant-, discrepans, present participle of discrepāre "to differ in sound, be out of tune, be inconsistent") + -ancy — more at discrepant

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The first known use of discrepancy was in 1579

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22 Feb 2021

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“Discrepancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrepancy. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of discrepancy

: a difference especially between things that should be the same


dis·​crep·​an·​cy | \ di-ˈskre-pən-sē How to pronounce discrepancy (audio) \

Kids Definition of discrepancy

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

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