Let's say you're cross-referencing two tables of information and you find a value that is not the same in both tables, but appears like it should be. How would you express the quality of this find? It's only an error if you assume that the values should be the same, but based on your limited context it may turn out that they are supposed to be different. It's a possible error or inconsistency. How would you express that?
I tried looking in online dictionaries and synonym finders, and couldn't find a single word meaning "possible error." A possible error or possible inconsistency are still good ways to describe it; it's only one word extra!
If you really wanted to describe the value's quality in one word, you could say either:
- the value's quality was questionable.
- the value's quality was dubious
Or you could state that there may have been an error, which describes it in one word as an "error," but adds a word like "may" to imply ambiguity. In a sentence, that could read as:
These values differed between the two tables; we suspect this may have been an error.
The term "suspect value" is used in statistics for items which fall outside the spread of most of the other data (usually differing from the mean by more than the Standard Deviation). I couldn't find a definition online but I found a number of statistics sites which used the term such as this one and this one. If your tables contain experimental data then "suspect value" would be a good choice.