Variance Definition

vârē-əns, văr-
variances
noun
variances
The quality, state, or fact of varying or being variant; a changing or tendency to change.
Webster's New World
Degree of change or difference; divergence; discrepancy.
Webster's New World
Official permission to bypass regulations; specif., permission to make nonconforming use of zoned property.
Webster's New World
An active disagreement; quarrel; dispute.
Webster's New World
An exception to the application of a usual rule, granted by an authority on the basis of hardship or practicality.
A zoning variance.
American Heritage
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other
In budgetary terms, the difference between the amount budgeted and the actual expense.
Webster's New World Finance
idiom
at variance
  • not in agreement or accord; conflicting
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Variance

Noun

Singular:
variance
Plural:
variances

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Origin of Variance

  • From Old French variance.

    From Wiktionary

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