con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce consistency (audio) \
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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The next step is to send landers and rovers to those areas to figure out the best location to target and what the consistency of the ice is. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why mining the water on the Moon could open up space exploration," 23 Aug. 2018 Texas Roadhouse spokesman Travis Doster said consistency with service is the reason why customer continue to come back. Dixita Limbachia, USA TODAY, "This fast-food chain has diners clucking in new quality survey," 5 July 2018 Chanel Values Consistency and Loyalty The decision to elect Viard to succeed Lagerfeld is not a hasty one, indicative of values on which Chanel has been unwavering for the past 36 years: consistency and loyalty. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019 The problem arises from the fact that, among the several breeds, there's no consistency where the toxins lie. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018 There's often little consistency in how aggression is measured and whether other social factors are accounted for in the analyses. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 My Simple Morning Skin-Care Routine: $155 My general philosophy is consistency. Tylynn Nguyen, Glamour, "I Spend Over $6,000 a Year on My Skin Care Routine," 1 Oct. 2018 The second indicator, according to Carter, is arc consistency. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "How Anthony Tolliver improved shot; will he stay with Detroit Pistons?," 28 June 2018 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

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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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