consistency

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noun con·sis·ten·cy \kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē\

Definition of consistency

plural

consistencies

  1. 1a archaic :  condition of adhering together :  firmness of material substanceb :  firmness of constitution or character :  persistency … the rigid consistency with which he had adhered to its principles … — Nathaniel Hawthorne

  2. 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.

  3. 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 contradictionb :  harmony of conduct or practice with profession followed her own advice with consistency

Examples of consistency in a Sentence

  1. His statements on this subject have lacked consistency.

  2. Customers expect consistency in the quality of service they receive.

  3. Practice will ensure greater consistency of performance.

  4. The paints vary in consistency.

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Origin and Etymology of consistency

see 1consist


CONSISTENCY Defined for Kids

consistency

noun con·sis·ten·cy \kən-ˈsi-stən-sē\

Definition of consistency for Students

plural

consistencies

  1. 1 :  degree of compactness, firmness, or stickiness Bakers need dough of the right consistency.

  2. 2 :  agreement or harmony between parts or elements The style of furniture lacks consistency.

  3. 3 :  a pattern of sticking with one way of thinking or acting The judge's decisions show consistency.



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