con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē \
plural consistencies

Definition of consistency

1a archaic : condition of adhering together : firmness of material substance
b : firmness of constitution or character : persistency … the rigid consistency with which he had adhered to its principles …— Nathaniel Hawthorne
2 : degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or resistance to movement or separation of constituent particles Boil the juice to the consistency of a thick syrup.
3a : agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole : correspondence The furnishings and decorations in all the rooms reflect a consistency of style. specifically : ability to be asserted together without contradiction
b : harmony of conduct or practice with profession followed her own advice with consistency

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Examples of consistency in a Sentence

His statements on this subject have lacked consistency. Customers expect consistency in the quality of service they receive. Practice will ensure greater consistency of performance. The paints vary in consistency.
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All other refereeing aspects like reading the game, uniformity and consistency in their decisions, positioning etc. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Refs train with VAR ahead of approval for Women’s World Cup," 4 Feb. 2019 The glitter showed up as tiny sparkles in my hair, and my hair texture remained relatively the same, despite the product's consistency, which is similar to hair spray. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "I Tested Bumble and Bumble’s Glimmer Finishing Spray," 9 Nov. 2018 The chili is just slightly spicy and savory, and the perfect consistency, coating the crunchy Fritos in flavor and tender meat. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 Koreans will be the first to tell you so, too, as essences — highly-concentrated treatments with a water-to-serum-like consistency — happen to be the heart of their 7-step routines. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "10 Best K-Beauty Essences That Take Your Skin-Care Routine to the Next Level," 13 Sep. 2018 As a putter, Ray had walked the Mendoza Line with stunning consistency for more than a few years. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: One last chance for my old friend Ray," 19 June 2018 Fall will not only have to learn to get stronger in playing with his back to the basket, but also learn how to play facing the basket with far more consistency. Chris Hays,, "Tacko Fall wants to leave his mark on UCF basketball," 7 Apr. 2018 Iowa’s league season began badly, with a pair of defeats during the early conference start in December, and hasn’t recovered with any consistency since. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU's defensive improvement is no fluke, but Archie Miller wants more," 16 Feb. 2018 So, warming it up consistently should help melt the oil back to its normal consistency. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Are Eyelid Issues Causing Your Dry Eyes? Here's How to Tell," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of consistency

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for consistency

see consist entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of consistency

: the quality or fact of staying the same at different times especially : the quality or fact of being good each time
: the quality or fact of having parts that agree with each other
: the quality of being thick, firm, smooth, etc.


con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ kən-ˈsi-stən-sē\
plural consistencies

Kids Definition of consistency

1 : degree of compactness, firmness, or stickiness Bakers need dough of the right consistency.
2 : agreement or harmony between parts or elements The style of furniture lacks consistency.
3 : a pattern of sticking with one way of thinking or acting The judge's decisions show consistency.

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