discrepancy

noun
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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That’s a weird discrepancy that scientists have struggled to explain. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The Moon May Have Formed From a Molten Magma Ocean on Earth," 1 May 2019 Because of discrepancies in the case that podcast host Sarah Koenig pointed out, Syed received a new trial. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "8 True Crime TV Shows of 2019 You Can't Look Away From," 15 Apr. 2019 Modern Markets Initiative, a lobbying group representing fast-trading firms, counters that market structure and regulation don’t allow anyone to profitably exploit, or arbitrage, momentary discrepancies in stock prices. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Brief Price Gaps in Stocks Cost Investors $2 Billion a Year," 14 Feb. 2019 Julia Salazar, New York state Senate (AP) Voters started to question the background of Julia Salazar, a Democratic socialist candidate for New York state Senate, after an article in Tablet revealed discrepancies in parts of her biography. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Politicians caught padding their resumes, from fake diplomas to biographical discrepancies," 21 Sep. 2018 In this case, the emissions discrepancies in Cummins engines were caused by defective catalysts rather than by unreported software, as was the case for VW Group's diesels. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Engine maker Cummins to recall 500,000 trucks after failed emissions tests," 1 Aug. 2018 And those discrepancies don’t even touch the 270 minutes the average U.S. woman spends on domestic, entirely unpaid work. Emma Goldberg, Glamour, "A Penny for Her Thoughts? Women in the Gig Economy Struggle to Get Paid," 16 Apr. 2019 Even with that discrepancy, this is 100 percent the Dakota in which to buy CBD. . Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Now, however, those brackets have been adjusted to eliminate those discrepancies—except for taxpayers who are subject to the top... Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Does It Pay, Taxwise, to Get Married?," 17 Mar. 2019

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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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discrepancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discrepancy

: a difference especially between things that should be the same

discrepancy

noun
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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