adjective con·sis·tent \ kən-ˈsi-stənt \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of consistent

1 a : 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


play \kən-ˈsi-stənt-lē\ adverb

Examples of consistent in a Sentence

  1. … the sixty-five-year-old filmmaker continues to practice his craft with consistent artistic aplomb. —Peter TraversRolling Stone30 Aug. 2001
  2. 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
  3. One of the strengths of Blake's letters is their consistent readability … —William StyronThis Quiet Dust and Other Writings(l953) 1982
  4. 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'EngleA Wrinkle in Time(1962) 1976
  5. He is a consistent supporter of the museum.

  6. We need to be more consistent in handling this problem.

  7. Customers expect that the quality of service they receive will be consistent.

  8. The pain has been consistent.

  9. Your grades have shown consistent improvement this school year.

  10. Their descriptions of the accident were consistent.

  11. The decision was consistent with the company's policy.

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Origin and Etymology of consistent

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

CONSISTENT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of consistent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


adjective con·sis·tent \ kən-ˈsi-stənt \

Definition of consistent for Students

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



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