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

The process takes around 30 minutes and there are no real risks or downtime, but consistency is key. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for a Bald Spot," 9 Sep. 2019 The hope is that more consistency yields better results. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Inside the Fire Academy: Stakes high at 16-week crucible for recruits, city," 5 Sep. 2019 Crap is the base element in any franchise business model: crap consistency. John Kass,, "Column: Lamenting the last of Tom Ringhausen’s Calhoun County peaches, so sweet they’ll crack your jawbones off.," 29 Aug. 2019 Basic criteria for this list is: Players are primarily graded on their peak, then long-term consistency. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "100 greatest Colts of all-time: Who's No. 1, Johnny Unitas or Peyton Manning?," 19 Aug. 2019 The gadget To break a habit takes awareness, followed by patience and consistency. T. Wise, Bon Appétit, "I Thought It’d Be Easy to Fix My Bad Posture—I Was Wrong," 7 Aug. 2019 But to imagine such consistency from our new green magnates would mean that Al Gore would never have sold his failed cable network to the anti-Semitic Al-Jazeera, funded by polluting petrodollars. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Democrats’ Debate Cowardice, Hypocrisy, and Nuttiness," 6 Aug. 2019 Can the Spartans find consistency and health along their offensive line? Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "5 big questions for Michigan State football's offense before preseason camp," 31 July 2019 This helps me bring consistency to the overall look. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Pro Tips for Unforgettable Flower Arrangements with Jean-Pascal Lemire," 26 July 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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