con·sis·tent | \kən-ˈsi-stənt \

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 \ 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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College graduates are also more likely to say it’s extremely important (58 percent) than voters without college degrees (40 percent), which is consistent with higher turnout rates among people with more formal education. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Democrats more enthusiastic about voting in midterms," 12 July 2018 Shot selection isn’t consistent and can be loose with the ball. Ben Ladner,, "Timberwolves Select Josh Okogie With No. 20 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Court records state her body had injuries consistent with rape. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Trial date set for man accused of sexual assault, abandoning body in Old Town Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 The unanswered questions are, in some ways, entirely consistent with Mueller’s approach thus far. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "Indicting 12 Russian Hackers Could Be Mueller's Biggest Move Yet," 13 July 2018 Still, this is consistent with much of the film’s narrative style which, largely to its benefit, relies more on atmosphere and visual expression than on dialogue or exposition. Gary Goldstein,, "Review: Vincent Cassel's soulful portrayal propels vivid 'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti'," 10 July 2018 Boykin is consistent and drops very few balls, has solid chemistry with Wimbush and at 6-4, a clear height advantage over defensive backs. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 players who will impact Notre Dame football's 2018 season," 10 July 2018 While aggressive efforts continue to develop batteries for storing intermittent sources of electricity from solar and wind, utilities in recent years have embraced natural gas for consistent, baseload energy. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Fearing climate change, experts in San Diego warn U.S. nuclear industry faces collapse," 7 July 2018 Stone’s best poems depend less on the title joke while staying thematically consistent. Daisy Fried, New York Times, "Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry," 6 July 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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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.

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consistently adverb

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