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 On a women’s circuit that has grown extremely deep—eight of the previous 17 majors had been won by first-time champions—Osaka has emerged at the top of the class, a model of consistency on speedy hard courts. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Naomi Osaka Wins the Australian Open, Her Fourth Grand Slam Title," 20 Feb. 2021 When will the Warriors finally find a semblance of consistency? Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors waste another Steph Curry gem in loss to Spurs," 8 Feb. 2021 Pittsburgh, the model of consistency in the AFC North, hasn’t won a playoff game in four years. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Playing with house money? It doesn’t sound like it for these Browns," 15 Jan. 2021 The true toll is likely to be higher still, as data sets are inconclusive due to a lack of consistency across states in sharing prison and jail data. Josiah Bates, Time, "With Over 275,000 Infections and 1,700 Deaths, COVID-19 Has Devastated the U.S. Prison and Jail Population," 28 Dec. 2020 Their lack of consistency was a recurring theme this season. Star Tribune, "Gophers suffer well-deserved loss because of lots of mistakes," 19 Dec. 2020 Edward McFarland, the owner of Ed’s Lobster Bar in New York and Sag Harbor, N.Y., says that the problem is a lack of consistency from Governor Cuomo. Fortune, "Restaurants lure New Yorkers to states with fewer restrictions," 16 Dec. 2020 The problem is almost nothing the Bears have tried has worked, at least with any level of consistency. Brad Biggs,, "Chicago Bears Q&A: If this team is a QB away from contending, why not sell out in the 2021 draft to get one? And which Bears players have a realistic shot at the Pro Bowl?," 25 Nov. 2020 The Cowboys expect Martin to stay at tackle and Dalton at quarterback, providing a level of consistency they haven’t been assured in recent weeks. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy smashed watermelons with sledgehammer ahead of win vs. Vikings," 24 Nov. 2020

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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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1 Mar 2021

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“Consistency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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