dis·crep·an·cy | \ dis-ˈkre-pən-sē \
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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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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Get our daily newsletter The source of this discrepancy is that Democrats will win their seats with big majorities in fewer districts, whereas Republicans will prevail by narrower margins in a larger number of districts. The Economist, "America’s electoral system gives the Republicans advantages over Democrats," 12 July 2018 Researchers said that driving speed alone accounts for nearly half of the earnings discrepancy. Author: Miranda Moore, Anchorage Daily News, "One reason for Uber’s gender pay gap: Men drive faster," 10 July 2018 Kaliuzhna's records indicate she was flagged because of discrepancies in her answers during her security review. CBS News, "Army recruit promised pathway to citizenship faces uncertain future," 9 July 2018 Judging which are important—and should be deemed genes—is controversial, and could explain some of the discrepancies between Salzberg’s count and others. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate," 19 June 2018 Some of those discrepancies are linked to decisions on who gets hired for certain jobs, research shows. Fortune, "'They’re Getting Different Answers.' Lots of Workers Ask for Raises, But White People Are More Likely to Get Them," 5 June 2018 So how big of a discrepancy is there between Cleveland and L.A.? Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "The Ten Best (And Worst) Cities For Paying Off A Mortgage," 28 Jan. 2016 The largest discrepancy in Fangraphs database belongs to Jack Knott, who had a 7.29 ERA and 5.16 FIP for the St. Louis Browns in 1936. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Reigning NL Division Winners Are Finally Starting to Play Like It," 11 June 2018 In an anomaly revealing discrepancies in national trade data, U.S. figures report a U.S. trade surplus with the U.K., while British figures show a U.K. surplus. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Trump’s Criticism of May’s Brexit Plan Zeroes In on Trade Reality," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of discrepancy

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for discrepancy

see discrepant

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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 \

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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