Definition of discrepancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdisˈkrepənsē/

noun (plural discrepancies)

A lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts: there’s a discrepancy between your account and his
More example sentences
  • The reasons for the discrepancies may in fact be variabilities between the investigated cells, tissues or plants.
  • He then informed members about the discrepancy at their annual general meeting and the matter was reported to the police.
  • Surveys and conventions are to be held on this issue to sort out differences and discrepancies.
difference, disparity, variance, variation, deviation, divergence, disagreement, inconsistency, dissimilarity, mismatch, discordance, incompatibility, conflict



Pronunciation: /disˈkrep(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • Simulations show that different estimators are increasingly discrepant with a decreasing amount of marker information.
  • Versions of this fantasy appear in all creeds, with discrepant degrees of literal-mindedness depending on the date and on the society.
  • Many of the differences between the two cultural groups become rather lucid in the light of these discrepant histories.


Early 17th century: from Latin discrepantia, from discrepare 'be discordant', from dis- 'apart, away' + crepare 'to creak'.

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Syllabification: dis·crep·an·cy

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