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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Does the consistency of leftover rice or chicken freak you out? Casey Barber, CNN, 4 May 2022 Adjust the consistency and taste by adding more buttermilk and lime juice as desired. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Manager Dave Roberts was pleased with the consistency of the offense Sunday. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2022 That’s the thing; the mathematical consistency of the laws of nature is a drastic constraint. Quanta Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 About two hours in the fridge thickened the syrup to just the right consistency. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 While other players generate more headlines, the consistency of Renard is venerated by her peers. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 It’s all about consistency and building one good week after another. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 6 Apr. 2022 These chemicals are often used as preservatives or to modify the consistency of various cosmetic products. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of consistency

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for consistency

consist(ence) + -ency

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“Consistency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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