Meaning of “discrepancy” in the English Dictionary

"discrepancy" in British English

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discrepancynoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈskrep.ə us /dɪˈskrep.ə formal
adjective uk /dɪˈskrep.ənt/ us /dɪˈskrep.ənt/

discrepant figures
discrepant opinions/views

(Definition of “discrepancy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discrepancy" in American English

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discrepancynoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈskrep·ən·si/

an unexpected difference, esp. in two amounts or two sets of facts or conditions, which suggests that something is wrong and has to be explained:

There were troubling discrepancies between his public and private opinions on how to balance the budget.

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"discrepancy" in Business English

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discrepancynoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈskrepənsi/ us plural discrepancies

a difference between two figures, results, etc. that are expected to be the same:

A balance sheet review uncovered discrepancies totalling €30 million.
Shareholders questioned the discrepancy between pay figures in the trust's annual report and those shown in the accounts.
Employers will have 90 days to resolve discrepancies in their records.
a huge/growing/wide discrepancy
account for/explain a discrepancy An official spokesman refused to explain the discrepancy.

(Definition of “discrepancy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)