con·​sis·​tent | \ kən-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce consistent (audio) \

Definition of consistent

1a : marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity : free from variation or contradiction a consistent style in painting
b : marked by agreement : compatible usually used with with statements not consistent with the truth
c : showing steady conformity to character, profession, belief, or custom a consistent patriot
2 : tending to be arbitrarily close to the true value of the parameter estimated as the sample becomes large a consistent statistical estimator
3 archaic : possessing firmness or coherence

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consistently \ kən-​ˈsi-​stənt-​lē How to pronounce consistent (audio) \ adverb

Examples of consistent in a Sentence

… the sixty-five-year-old filmmaker continues to practice his craft with consistent artistic aplomb. — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2001 I am not consistent about giving vibrancy and other kinds of input to a relationship.  … There are periods when I am the most attentive and thoughtful lover in the world, and periods, too, when I am just unavailable. — Toni Cade Bambara, "A Conversation with Claudia Tate," in The Story and Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters1987 One of the strengths of Blake's letters is their consistent readability … — William Styron, This Quiet Dust and Other Writings, (l953) 1982 The rhythm of the gesture never varied. The paper flew in identically the same arc at each doorway, landed in identically the same spot. It was impossible for anybody to throw with such consistent perfection. — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, (1962) 1976 He is a consistent supporter of the museum. We need to be more consistent in handling this problem. Customers expect that the quality of service they receive will be consistent. The pain has been consistent. Your grades have shown consistent improvement this school year. Their descriptions of the accident were consistent. The decision was consistent with the company's policy.
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Recent Examples on the Web Without data or consistent government support, tribal leaders and members have leaned on each other to keep each other safe by social distancing, wearing masks and getting vaccinated. Kate Cimini, USA TODAY, "'We're born Indian and we die white:' Indigenous leaders in California fear COVID deaths are going undercounted," 27 Feb. 2021 The parents who fought to keep the exam in place have since become Mr. Carranza’s harshest and most consistent critics. New York Times, "Chancellor of N.Y.C. Schools to Resign," 26 Feb. 2021 Garland is the most consistent cog of the Empire right now. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "‘Huke’, Dallas Empire defeat London 3-2 despite ‘sloppy’ hardpoint maps," 24 Feb. 2021 But till a detailed and consistent sequencing of these mutations is undertaken, these hypotheses are inconclusive. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Is India currently witnessing a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic?," 23 Feb. 2021 The guard is ridiculously consistent, good for 20 points a game, 40-plus% from 3, defending the hell out of the opponent’s best non-center. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area's 2021 Comeback Kid: Thompson, Chapman, Bosa or Posey?," 21 Feb. 2021 The aim is to provide reliable and consistent power to businesses and other entities. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Legislation would allow Cuyahoga County to form an county-owned energy company for ‘microgrid’," 19 Feb. 2021 The new coalition, known as the Digital Trust & Safety Partnership, will commit its member companies to making their rules for user content more clear and consistent and ensure their policies are effective at limiting harmful content. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Tech giants combine forces to craft rules to crack down on 'harmful' content," 18 Feb. 2021 Molly Sauer, a research associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said a lack of continuity and consistent messaging from various levels of government can confuse residents who don’t know where to go for primary sources. Karen Brooks Harper And Marissa Martinez, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas launches multimillion dollar campaign to combat vaccine hesitancy," 16 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of consistent

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for consistent

Latin consistent-, consistens, present participle of consistere — see consist entry 1

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2 Mar 2021

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“Consistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of consistent

: always acting or behaving in the same way
: of the same quality especially : good each time
: continuing to happen or develop in the same way


con·​sis·​tent | \ kən-ˈsi-stənt \

Kids Definition of consistent

1 : always the same consistent behavior
2 : being in harmony A balanced diet is consistent with good health.

Other Words from consistent

consistently adverb

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