discrepant

adjective dis·crep·ant \ dis-ˈkre-pənt \

Definition of discrepant

:being at variance :disagreeing
  • widely discrepant conclusions

discrepantly

adverb

Examples of discrepant in a Sentence

  1. 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 MenandThe Metaphysical Club2001
  2. 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 AmericanDecember 1990
  3. The truth perhaps lies somewhere between these two very discrepant views. —Mark GriffithNotes and QueriesMarch 1990
  4. widely discrepant conclusions on the impact the real estate development would have on the local environment

Origin and Etymology of discrepant

Middle English discrepaunt, from Latin discrepant-, discrepans, present participle of discrepare to sound discordantly, from dis- + crepare to rattle, creak — more at raven


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