dis·​crep·​ant | \ di-ˈskre-pənt How to pronounce discrepant (audio) \

Definition of discrepant

: being at variance : disagreeing widely discrepant conclusions

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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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First Known Use of discrepant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discrepant

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

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“Discrepant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrepant. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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