Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Marked by discrepancy; disagreeing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing difference; inconsistent, dissimilar.
  • n. A dissident.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Discordant; at variance; disagreeing; contrary; different.
  • n. A dissident.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Different; disagreeing; contrary; at variance.
  • n. One who disagrees or dissents from another, especially in religious belief; a dissenter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not compatible with other facts
  • adj. not in agreement
  • adj. not in accord

Etymologies

Middle English discrepaunt, from Latin discrepāns, discrepant-, present participle of discrepāre, to disagree : dis-, apart; see dis- + crepāre, to rattle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin discrepāntem, present participle of discrepāre ("to differ in sound, differ, disagree"), from dis- ("apart") + crepare ("to make a noise, crackle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Two different tests done on all 6,255 people found that 131 had "discrepant" results - where one is positive and the other negative, the report said.

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  • In their already discrepant accounts of the miraculous birth, the four gospels give us no clue as to what time of year—or even what year—it is supposed to have taken place.

    Forced Merriment: The True Spirit of Christmas

  • The discrepant goals of journalist and subject are never more apparent than when one requests approval over one's final quotes.

    Sam Harris: The Perils of the Print Interview

  • McDonald said he has found discrepant numbers even in the final certified results.

    Wisconsin Election Bombshell: How Plausible?

  • Even if you have the same tattoos, her values and lifestyle are so discrepant from your own that you feel uncomfortable.

    Dr. Irene S. Levine: Once Best Friends: Can this friendship survive?

  • As a professional keenly aware of the complexities involved with body image, I've ached at particular moments when Oprah's actions lent direct endorsement to the diet industry's marketing gurus, reinforcing messages that encourage striving for a body size, shape, and image discrepant from one that can be sustained with a healthy approach.

    The Dieting Dilemma: Oprah Finally Gets It

  • For me, it was one of many moments in my professional development when I paused to take in the feedback from a person in the patient position, feedback that has often been discrepant from the feedback given by those of us in the so-called "expert" position.

    Jane Shure: Reflections on the Doctor Patient Hierarchy in Psychotherapy

  • I am still reading Brooks's book, and I hope he will demonstrate to me how these two discrepant impulses can be reconciled in an account of literary realism.

    Realism in Fiction

  • * Because GlaxoSmithKline and other drug companies have control over the creation of the science, Healy argues, “there is almost no possibility of discrepant data emerging to trigger a thought that might be unwelcome to the marketing department of a pharmaceutical company.”

    Crazy Like Us

  • Furthermore, several values for the food allergens were discrepant around the 50% and 95% positive predictive values for clinical reactivity.

    Different Allergy Tests: Different Results

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