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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Early in her career, Kvitova had excelled at the biggest tournaments while struggling for consistency at rank-and-file tour events. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Petra Kvitova, a Wimbledon Favorite, Loses in the First Round," 3 July 2018 While Bachelors lack the same level of consistency, Godwin should be feeling pretty confident right about now. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Hannah Godwin, the Contestant Bachelor Nation Is Already Rooting For?," 16 Jan. 2019 Using a little water, loosen remaining icing to flood consistency and transfer to piping bags fitted with size 2 tips. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cookie Skulls and Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Cutouts," 2 Oct. 2018 At the same time, there was growing concern about a lack of consistency in how clinicians in different states and clinics arrived at a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome or PDD-NOS. Lina Zeldovich, Science | AAAS, "Cold parenting? Childhood schizophrenia? How the diagnosis of autism has evolved over time," 9 May 2018 White said Hudson needs to improves his consistency on both ends of the floor. Edgar Thompson,, "UF leading scorer Jalen Hudson returns to Gators to improve NBA draft stock," 29 May 2018 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

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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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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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