Definition of discrepancy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪsˈkrepənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkrepənsi//
(pl. discrepancies) [countable, uncountable]
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a difference between two or more things that should be the same discrepancy (in something) wide discrepancies in prices quoted for the work discrepancy (between A and B) What are the reasons for the discrepancy between girls' and boys' performance in school? Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin discrepantia, from discrepare ‘be discordant’, from dis- ‘apart, away’ + crepare ‘to creak’.Extra examples How do you explain the apparent discrepancies between the money and the receipts? She failed to notice the discrepancy between the name on the cheque and the name on the driving licence. There were wide discrepancies in the evidence. the glaring discrepancy between the crime and the punishment
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