consistent

adjective
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 consistently (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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This is consistent with what other military officials have said, noting the future battlefield in space may require nimble deployment of smaller assets. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 The arrangements were different each time, but one thing was consistent: their size. Amy Synnott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glenda Bailey on Karl Lagerfeld’s “Wicked Sense of Humor” and Enduring Legacy," 19 Feb. 2019 Really strong were the boxer shorts and vests inlaid with panels of shirred elastic that were aesthetically pleasing, comfortable (the models attested), and consistent with the designer’s interesting point of focus. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "London Newcomer Bianca Saunders Braves the In-Between of Modern Masculine Stereotypes," 9 Jan. 2019 There was also a lot of iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium and sodium—substances consistent with the consumption of red meat or dairy products. The Economist, "A mummy’s final meal adds to an ancient mystery," 12 July 2018 The facade includes a 53-foot podium containing parking, meeting spaces and ballrooms — a design developers said was an effort to keep the front of the building consistent with the height of neighboring structures. Kyra Gurney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New Miami Beach convention center hotel plan gets initial green light," 2 July 2018 The behavior remains consistent when R. Kelly would allegedly frequent Kentwood High School in Chicago and nearby basketball courts and fast food restaurants where young girls worked, according to the docuseries. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 Veteran disability pay and GI Bill benefits are funded by their own legislation separate from the annual appropriations bills, so those would stay consistent, according to Military.com. Li Zhou, Vox, "What’s open — and closed — during a partial government shutdown," 21 Dec. 2018 His firm currently has listings for about 70 inns and B&Bs, a number that has stayed fairly consistent in recent years. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "A New Breed of Innkeepers for the Airbnb Era," 8 Nov. 2018

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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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consistent

adjective

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

consistent

adjective
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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