Definition of consistency
1a archaic : condition of adhering together : firmness of material substanceb : 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 contradictionb : harmony of conduct or practice with profession <followed her own advice with consistency>
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.
Origin and Etymology of consistency
First Known Use: 1594
CONSISTENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of consistency for Students
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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