con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce consistency (audio) \
plural consistencies

Definition of consistency

1a : 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
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 : firmness of constitution or character : persistency … the rigid consistency with which he had adhered to its principles …— Nathaniel Hawthorne
b archaic : condition of adhering together : firmness of material substance

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

But the consistency of the movement is more remarkable. NBC News, "Polling shows solid growth in support of legal abortion," 16 June 2019 The consistency should be similar to potato salad: moist but still able to hold its shape in a loose ball. Tara Duggan,, "Recipe: How to make golden pakoras just like Vik’s Chaat in Berkeley," 11 June 2019 Social-media companies have created vague standards, applied them in sometimes-biased fashion, and have struggled time and again to maintain any real consistency. David French, National Review, "Josh Hawley’s Internet Censorship Bill Is an Unwise, Unconstitutional Mess," 20 June 2019 The administration’s maximum-pressure policy relies upon consistency and discipline to achieve the ultimate goal. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "With Maduro entrenched in Venezuela, Trump loses patience and interest in issue, officials say," 19 June 2019 The commercial products use liquid humate (for more consistency than compost tea) and contain beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to make this do-it-yourself organic fertilizer and pest control spray," 18 June 2019 The first is shooting—keeping his elbow in, going straight up and down—and improving consistency both off the catch and off the dribble. Andrew Sharp,, "Canada's Other Success Story: R.J. Barrett is Ready to Take Center Stage," 18 June 2019 Participants were also asked to comment on aftertaste and consistency. Grace Wong,, "Who makes the best ranch dressing? We tried 14 brands to find the tastiest one for veggies, pizza and much more," 17 June 2019 The future: Like most young players, Isaac battled consistency issues, but that was certainly to be expected in what was essentially his rookie season. Roy Parry,, "Magic’s Jonathan Isaac put skill set on display during sophomore season," 15 June 2019

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First Known Use of consistency

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for consistency

see consist entry 1

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The first known use of consistency was in 1594

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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