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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The discrepancy between Facebook’s public claims about the effectiveness of its AI and the reality of the user experience has long puzzled researchers and other heavy users of the platform. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 Fortunately, for the sake of history, plenty of others did pay attention to Hill's testimony. Steel yourself to speak These stories, and many more, illustrate the discrepancy between how women and men are treated in public settings. John Baldoni, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Levitt and Andy Slavitt, the former head of Medicare and Medicaid services under President Obama, both conjectured that the discrepancy between the federal rules and Abbott’s order could end up in court. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 The huge and unprecedented discrepancy between revenue and spending is the prime cause of the surge in total debt. Wayne Winegarden, National Review, 16 Sep. 2021 The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the fatality numbers publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CDC. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the figures publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CDC. Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2021 The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the figures publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CDC. Marina Villeneuve, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Aug. 2021 The Associated Press first reported in July on the large discrepancy between the fatality numbers publicized by the Cuomo administration and numbers the state was reporting to the CCD. CBS News, 25 Aug. 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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The first known use of discrepancy was in 1579

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“Discrepancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discrepancy. Accessed 23 Oct. 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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