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
The two chambers of Congress will hold joint sessions to iron out the discrepancies in the two versions of the bill.
Meanwhile, although the gap in school resources has narrowed from the chasm of the segregation era, discrepancies remain.
There’s some discrepancy between the records and the actual bones.
In the men’s division the discrepancy between divisions is 15-20 pounds in some areas.
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.
This new study shows that after corrections to one of the two satellite temperature records are made, there is little discrepancy at all and that estimates of global warming from both Earth and space are consistent.
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.
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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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