Definition of discrepancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkrɛp(ə)nsi/

noun (plural discrepancies)

An illogical or surprising 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.
inconsistency, difference, disparity, variance, variation, deviation, divergence, disagreement, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, mismatch, lack of similarity, contrariety, contradictoriness, disaccord, discordance, incongruity, lack of congruence, incompatibility, irreconcilability, conflict, opposition



Pronunciation: /dɪˈskrɛpənt/
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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