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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How does this plan address those discrepancies with solutions? Ericka Claudio, Teen Vogue, "Cory Booker Says His 2020 Gun Violence Prevention Program Is Focused on Community Resources," 9 July 2019 While the compensation structures are very different, the lawsuit offers some side-by-side comparisons that show a stark gender discrepancy. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Women’s soccer World Cup win puts gender pay gap on broader stage," 8 July 2019 This discrepancy is often referred to as climate silence. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Want to do something about global warming? Talk about it with your family and friends," 8 July 2019 Expedia should have explained the $480 discrepancy and fixed it for you quickly. Christopher Elliott, SFChronicle.com, "Travel Troubleshooter: Quoted one price, charged another for Budget car rental," 5 July 2019 This comparison is not meant to disparage Mr. Harmon, but to point out a galling discrepancy. New York Times, "The Boys in the Band Get to Broadway. Why Not the Girls?," 5 July 2019 Salary and workplace discrepancies have been particularly glaring in light of the global dominance of the U.S. women, especially in comparison to the lack of relative success by their male counterparts. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What Mediation Means for U.S. Soccer, USWNT in Gender Discrimination Lawsuit," 21 June 2019 While equity analysis can yield insightful information, $500,000 a year can do more good for our residents when spent on pressing needs by a city council that recognizes discrepancies exist across our city. Lan Diep, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Don’t politicize, San Jose’s budget – pass it," 11 June 2019 Play for pay That’s only the beginning of the pay discrepancy. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "Women soccer players are younger than men because they can’t afford longer careers," 18 June 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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The first known use of discrepancy was in 1579

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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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