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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This week, thick green blooms the consistency of a sickening smoothie seeped down the rural Caloosahatchee River toward the southwest coast. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 June 2018 Granite or marble countertops Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste the consistency of peanut butter. NBC News, "How to get stains out of almost anything," 24 June 2018 While Route 26 has no shortage of antiques emporia, Barn on 26 has a consistency of style and period that evokes Maine from 1870 to 1920. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 His foul shooting, the overall consistency with his jumper. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Charles Matthews' personal drive has Michigan excited for 2018-19," 8 June 2018 Kefir has the consistency of a smoothie or milkshake and Smolyansky describes its flavor as having a tart and tangy effervescence (a.k.a. the champagne of dairy)., "Kefir Is The Secret Ingredient Your Grocery List Needs," 1 June 2018 And the consistency of its systems—the exacting procedural physics of its bouncy grenades and even bouncier vehicles, the way jumping momentum can be manipulated in creative ways—makes play even more unpredictable. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Saying Goodbye to the Fan Game That Recreated a Decade-Old Classic," 11 May 2018 The consistency of Gates' time on-court lessened over the course of Big East play this past winter. Patrick Brennan,, "Analysis: What Kaiser Gates' XU departure means for the Musketeers," 8 May 2018 On the Italian front, the Bolognese could have been a bit thicker but the consistency did not mar the taste, its carrots being the semi-magical ingredient for natural sweetness that remains in check. Marc Bona,, "Flying Fig quietly maintains its wonderful place in Cleveland's culinary world," 3 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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