consist in

phrasal verb

consisted in; consisting in; consists in
: to have (something) as an essential or main part
Happiness consists in being satisfied with what you have.

Examples of consist in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, their diet consists in part of carrion, as opossums scavenge among carcasses as well as hunting other small mammals. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2024 Cronenberg’s genius consists in his rare ability to see that elevation can attend disgust, and almost all his movies raise the possibility that a hideous ordeal might double as a reprieve from banality. Becca Rothfeld, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2024 The process generally begins with quartz’s cousin, quartzite, which consists in large measure of silicon dioxide. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 Fairness for women athletes doesn’t consist in simply suppressing testosterone levels in male athletes. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 13 Aug. 2023 But is Aristotle then saying that virtue consists in being disposed to act as the virtuous person does? Nikhil Krishnan, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 As the brilliant French mathematician Henri Poincaré once said: Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the useful combinations which are in infinite minority. Time, 23 June 2023

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“Consist in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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