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discrepancy (noun) difference (as in figures, numbers, reports, etc.).

If your figure of expenditure does not tally with that arrived at by adding up all the bills of expenditure, there is a discrepancy between the two figures. The difference between two amounts, two reports, two items of information, etc., which are expected to be the same is a discrepancy. If there is a discrepancy between the police version of a crime and the media reports of it, what the police say about it is different from what is reported by the media.

  • There is a discrepancy between the firm's accountant's figure of the balance and the balance shown in the bank statement, with the difference between the two being more than $11000.
  • The judge would not admit her evidence as there was a discrepancy between her written statement and what she stated in the court.
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