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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Repeat this process until most of the vegetable broth has been incorporated and the rice is tender but not mushy, with a creamy consistency. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Books / Cooking / Food & Drink / Food Chain John Coletta's radicchio risotto is bloody good," 30 Mar. 2018 But here in America, for a tragic half century, eggs have been culinarily pedestrian—scrambled or fried at breakfast to the consistency of cardboard, tasteless yolks blending with bland whites. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 The Spanish forward has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career but may show more consistency by playing for the same club for an extended period of time., "Watford Set to Complete Permanent Signing of Gerard Deulofeu Following Successful Loan Spell," 10 June 2018 And over the last 11 months, Baez has achieved a balance of making routine plays with more consistency while continuing to display his dazzling talent to complete virtually impossible plays. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs' Javier Baez blossoms into a star on Kris Bryant's level," 12 July 2018 Those thin years have been replaced with a consistency. Oscar Terrones,, "La Jolla High volleyball coach Dave Jones earns national honor," 2 July 2018 The Detroit News' Lynn Hennig wrote about how the Tigers and Seattle Mariners both had issues with Torres' consistency with balls and strikes during a game in mid-May. John Fay,, "Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto says he went too far, deserved ejection by umpire Carlos Torres," 27 June 2018 Athletes with ambitions of making it to the state meet have to perform with consistency while also peaking at the right time. Andrew Turner,, "Daily Pilot High School Male Athlete of the Week: Newport’s Aidan Elbettar pumped out podium finish," 9 June 2018 In addition to their trademark helmet logo that honors the steel industry, the Steelers have been synonymous with consistency and continuity. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "How much Pittsburgh will fans see in Panthers once David Tepper takes over as owner? | Charlotte Observer," 18 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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