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Marked by discrepancy; disagreeing.

[Middle English discrepaunt, from Latin discrepāns, discrepant-, present participle of discrepāre, to disagree : dis-, apart; see dis- + crepāre, to rattle.]

dis·crep′ant·ly adv.


inconsistent; conflicting; at variance
[C15: from Latin discrepāns, from discrepāre to differ in sound, from dis-1 + crepāre to be noisy]
disˈcrepantly adv


(dɪˈskrɛp ənt)

(usu. of two or more accounts, findings, etc.) differing; disagreeing; inconsistent.
[1400–50; < Latin discrepant-, s. of discrepāns, present participle of discrepāre to sound discordant =dis- dis-1 + crepāre to crack, creak; see -ant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.discrepant - not compatible with other facts
inconsistent - displaying a lack of consistency; "inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time"; "inconsistent with the roadmap"
2.discrepant - not in agreement
incongruous - lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness; "a plan incongruous with reason"; "incongruous behavior"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"
3.discrepant - not in accord; "desires at variance with his duty"; "widely discrepant statements"
discordant - not in agreement or harmony; "views discordant with present-day ideas"


1. In sharp opposition:
Logic: repugnant.
2. Made up of parts or qualities that are disparate or otherwise markedly lacking in consistency:
References in classic literature ?
In such a novel intermixture, however, of men born and nurtured in freedom, and the compliant minions of absolute power, the catholic and the protestant, the active and the indolent, some little time was necessary to blend the discrepant elements of society.
It can be inferred from this study that the preferred approach is to increase communication with clinicians, alerting them to the possibility of discrepant results attributable to anti-animal antibodies.
161), we found 2 discrepant samples: 1 typed as GG by the LightTyper and GC by the RFLP method, and 1 typed as GC by the LightTyper and GG by the RFLP method.
For each decision boundary, the sensitivity and specificity of predicting discrepant calcium measurements can be calculated.
McDonnell Douglas identified the discrepant hardware and removed it from service at no charge to the Army.
After resolution of discrepant results, the MTD system exhibited a sensitivity and specificity of 91.
Ferritin concentrations were determined by both methods in samples from 806 patients, and 2 samples were found to have discrepant results: 4 and 215 [micro]g/L for one sample and 7 and 97 [micro]g/L for the other sample, as measured by the Roche and Olympus methods, respectively.
Although the conventional smear and ThinPrep Pap Test agreed in most cases, when the methods were discrepant, significantly more ThinPrep slides yielded a more severe diagnosis.
If values were more discrepant, a third value was done, and they were averaged.
The discrepant thyroid function test results and the absence of clinical symptoms prompted investigations for interference in the TSH assay.
1) with a reverse hybridization line-probe assay (LiPA) (2) we found a discrepant result.
Non-conformances consist of discrepant parts that fail to meet exact engineering specifications.