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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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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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consistency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce consistency (audio)

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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