Definition of discrepancy
1 : the quality or state of disagreeing or being at variance
2 : an instance of disagreeing or being at variance
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.
Recent Examples of discrepancy from the Web
This discrepancy shows not only how much work the Trump administration has left to promote equality among its own employees, as well as Americans on the whole, but also how much work remains for all of America's employers.
There are plenty of factors at play in this discrepancy.
And of course, discrepancies in the workforce and in government are not entirely due to discrimination.
And both employers and economists agree with the White House that the skills gap — the discrepancy between the number of workers available to do the work and the skills required for the job — is something the country needs to address.
Our instruments on Earth could only spot electron neutrinos, hence the discrepancy.
Everyone knows that the key to nailing Trump (or anyone else) for malfeasance over the Comey firing is to get a couple of pieces of testimony on the record, and then hone in on the discrepancies.
A new Urban Institute analysis finds that allowing states to decide how to spend TANF dollars has led to even more racial discrepancies in who receives benefits.
IS has carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but there have been discrepancies.
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DISCREPANCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of discrepancy for English Language Learners
: a difference especially between things that should be the same
DISCREPANCY Defined for Kids
Definition of discrepancy for Students
: a difference between things that are expected to be the same There is a discrepancy in the records.
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