discrepancy

noun
dis·​crep·​an·​cy | \ di-ˈskre-pən-sē How to pronounce discrepancy (audio) \
plural discrepancies

Essential Meaning of discrepancy

: a difference especially between things that should be the same Discrepancies in the firm's financial statements led to an investigation. There were discrepancies between their accounts of the accident. There is some discrepancy [=disagreement] between the results of the two studies.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This discrepancy in priorities is demonstrated in part by outstanding objections from Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, both of whom have expressed opposition to a $3.5 trillion bill. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 What explains this discrepancy between leadership beliefs and scientific evidence? Gleb Tsipursky, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 Harvard Business School addresses this discrepancy by reviewing several studies, and determined which methods of seeking feedback were most effective for employees. Frances Bridges, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Scientists suspect this discrepancy happened because of a near-extinction event 10,000 years ago when Stewart Island split from the mainland. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Sep. 2021 This discrepancy has resulted in tens of thousands of people, many of them from the former Soviet Union, who live in the country and serve in its army but who are blocked from Jewish rituals such as weddings and funerals. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 2 Aug. 2021 The violent standoff over Sheikh Jarrah, where Jewish settler claims are based on a 19th century land deed, reflects this discrepancy. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Unvaccinated people, by comparison, are extremely susceptible to the coronavirus, particularly to the delta variant and the data on deaths and hospitalizations show this discrepancy clearly. Ryan Mcnamara, Quartz, 23 July 2021 Unvaccinated people, by comparison, are extremely susceptible to the coronavirus, particularly to the delta variant and the data on deaths and hospitalizations show this discrepancy clearly. Ryan Mcnamara, The Conversation, 22 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrepancy. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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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