con·sis·ten·cy | \kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē \
plural consistencies

Definition of consistency 

1a archaic : condition of adhering together : firmness of material substance

b : 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 contradiction

b : harmony of conduct or practice with profession followed her own advice with consistency

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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 liquidy consistency of the foundation actually makes application really nice. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Tried ColourPop's No Filter Foundation, and It Lasted Through an Entire Night Out," 27 June 2018 Add vinegar mixture and simmer, stirring often, until reduced by nearly half and the consistency of maple syrup, 6 to 8 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken with Arugula Salad," 18 Apr. 2018 Throughout the process, stylists paid attention to the consistency of the dye and its fade. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Instagram Sparked the Indie Hair-Color Brand Revolution," 27 June 2018 The season also reminds us what the hosts and judges add to that comforting consistency. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Enjoy the delight of 'The Great British Baking Show' while you still can," 22 June 2018 Max says his dad stays on top of him to keep working on his game, from ball handling to hustling to shooting to consistency. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arcadia guard Max Majerle picks up first Division I hoops offer from his dad," 15 June 2018 In a medium bowl, mash black beans to a rough paste consistency, then add minced onion, flax meal, water, salt and chili powder. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Picky, picky: Strategies to get your kids (or yourself) to try new foods," 11 June 2018 Having given up so much dignity, Cruz isn’t losing much by abandoning any claims to consistency on constitutional matters. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Ted Cruz forgets his own words on limits of presidential pardons.," 5 June 2018 Banán makes luscious, yogurt-like soft serve from pure fruit that’s frozen and then whirred to creamy consistency. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Carissa Moore's Guide to Honolulu's Best Food," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of consistency

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for consistency

see consist entry 1

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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