Which word is appropriate for the blank at the end of this sentence and why?
The question of forgery in photography has lately become nontrivial. Prices for vintage prints (those made by a photographer soon after he or she made the negative) so drastically ballooned in the 1990s that one of these photographs might fetch a hundred times as much as a non-vintage print of the same image. It was perhaps only a matter of time before someone took advantage of the ______________ to peddle newly created "vintage" prints for profit.
The definition of discrepancy is given as follows or to have a good view it is here
Blockquote DEFINITIONS OF: discrepancy 1 n a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions Synonyms: disagreement, divergence, variance Types: allowance, leeway, margin, tolerance a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits Type of: difference the quality of being unlike or dissimilar n an event that departs from expectations Synonyms: variance, variant Type of: departure, deviation, difference, divergence a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
The meaning which fits here is the difference between conflicting facts and claims, which is clearly the case here. Again the meaning of ambiguity is here. In the last meaning it is given that an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context. I can also extrapolate this definition to fit in this particular scenario here. Why this vintage prints were sold at such high prices against the non vintage ones itself couldn't be clearly understood! So I thought that both the words have a chance in this blank and hence having a confusion.