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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This absence of fresh water is consistent across most of Namibia. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 The percentage of donations that have gone to each party, however, is consistent with that derived from a similar data pull from data analysis company, Enigma, which focused solely on employees. Rani Molla, Recode, "Tech employees are much more liberal than their employers — at least as far as the candidates they support," 31 Oct. 2018 There is some melodrama here, not entirely consistent with history, but overall the Moon landing is emotional and captivating. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 For many, the answer would be consistent, high-speed service. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Can you survive on a $10 a month cell-phone plan? I tried FreedomPop to find out," 11 July 2018 But the movie itself is consistent, bringing us into these lives and developing certain ideas over its tasteful 97-minute running time (including credits). Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons in tune as dad-daughter songsters in ‘Hearts Beat Loud’," 20 June 2018 Overall, sentiment readings climbed after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 and have been supported since then by solid economic growth, consistent hiring and historically low unemployment. Eric Morath, WSJ, "U.S. Consumer Sentiment Pressured by Volatile Stocks," 21 Nov. 2018 The changes bring the Netflix iOS app closer to its TV counterpart, for a more consistent experience. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Netflix adds improved playback controls and a ‘next episode’ button to iOS app," 20 Nov. 2018 Their defense looks consistent on a week-to-week basis. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Entering Apple Cup, Cougars hold at No. 8 in College Football Playoff rankings," 20 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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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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