dis·​crep·​ant di-ˈskre-pənt How to pronounce discrepant (audio)
: being at variance : disagreeing
widely discrepant conclusions
discrepantly adverb

Examples of discrepant in a Sentence

There had always been a question about what to do with observations (known as "outliers") that are wildly discrepant from the mean. Obviously the observer has made a huge mistake somewhere—for example, reversing the digits when transcribing a number—but the fundamental premise of the law of errors is that mistakes should never be thrown out. How are astronomers supposed to distinguish between inaccuracies and sheer blunders? Louis Menand, The Metaphysical Club, 2001
Relatively few laboratories could get experimental suppression systems to work, and many experiments proved difficult to reproduce reliably. As discrepant results accumulated, the proposed regulatory networks became "more and more baroque," Germain says. As time passed, investigators began questioning whether suppressor cells existed at all. Scientific American, December 1990
The truth perhaps lies somewhere between these two very discrepant views. Mark Griffith, Notes and Queries, March 1990
widely discrepant conclusions on the impact the real estate development would have on the local environment
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Word History


Middle English discrepante "contradictory," borrowed from Latin discrepant-, discrepans, present participle of discrepāre "to differ in sound, be out of tune, be inconsistent," from dis- dis- + crepāre "to clatter, rattle" — more at crepitate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of discrepant was in the 15th century

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“Discrepant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrepant. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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dis·​crep·​ant dis-ˈkrep-ənt How to pronounce discrepant (audio)
: not being in agreement
widely discrepant conclusions
discrepantly adverb
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