Definition of discrepancy in English:



  • An illogical or surprising lack of compatibility or similarity between two or more facts.

    ‘there's a discrepancy between your account and his’
    • ‘What about the discrepancy between the funding of softball and other sports?’
    • ‘Why the discrepancy between the official statistics and those quoted by Tim?’
    • ‘A registration check revealed a discrepancy in the car's number plate, raising suspicions.’
    • ‘The discrepancy in gender ratio is due to the fact that there are half as many events for women.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there may be some minor discrepancies due to local variations.’
    • ‘The result, as the discrepancy in water consumption shows, is neither equitable nor reasonable.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, bigger discrepancies were prevalent in the social class of readers.’
    • ‘The similarities in their recollections vastly outweigh the discrepancies.’
    • ‘It is this variation that he says created the discrepancies in this year's results.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The survey into the highs and lows of brochure holiday prices confirmed huge discrepancies across the country.’
    • ‘Surveys and conventions are to be held on this issue to sort out differences and discrepancies.’
    • ‘Beneath discrepancies and divergences there lay a shared basis of belief.’
    • ‘If that were true, a simple averaging of the two prices could eliminate the discrepancy.’
    • ‘The company was not able to explain the reason for the discrepancy or the whereabouts of the missing 11,000 cars.’
    • ‘But this reply gives a perfectly reasonable explanation for the apparent discrepancy.’
    • ‘This discrepancy along with other diagnostic tests indicated that he was dyslexic.’
    • ‘It apparently does away with the discrepancies between the different districts.’
    • ‘The matter only came to light when a spectator noticed the discrepancy and it ended with the umpires taking both sides off the field.’
    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
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Early 17th century: from Latin discrepantia, from discrepare be discordant, from dis- apart, away + crepare to creak.