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 withstatements 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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Recent Examples on the Web Now that more companies, large and small, are voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, employers also have to make sure their words are consistent with their employee policies, said Stacy Hawkins, a professor at Rutgers Law School. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Race and Policing: Continuing Coverage," 26 June 2020 First officer is a more descriptive designation and is consistent with the Navy and marine industry. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Can severe turbulence tear the wing off a jetliner?," 26 June 2020 On Tuesday, Lam said the law was consistent with Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which guarantees rights and freedoms not similarly protected on the mainland until at least 2047. Iain Marlow And Natalie Lung / Bloomberg, Time, "Hong Kong Leader Says She Still Hasn’t Seen Draft Text of Security Law," 23 June 2020 Brad Wiblin, an executive vice president with Bridge Housing — which is building the project with AvalonBay and Mission Housing — said the $11.4 million figure was consistent with an appraisal his group commissioned earlier in the process. J.k. Dineen,, "SF to sell housing site for bargain-basement price," 21 June 2020 This research is consistent with findings from Harvard University as well as internatinal studies from Canada, Turkey, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Fatherhood and the pandemic: How men are stepping up with child care," 19 June 2020 During a phone conversation with Google and YouTube representatives, the Heritage Foundation's Emilie Kao argued that Heyer’s definition of gender dysphoria was consistent with the definition from experts. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "YouTube removes video of man expressing regret over becoming transgender for violating 'hate speech' policy," 19 June 2020 That suggests that low positivity rates among protest-goers is consistent with statewide trends. Megan Molteni, Wired, "What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread," 18 June 2020 The issue is that arbitrators operate under a standard that discipline must be consistent with past practice. Fox News, "How fired police get rehired: Discipline challenges emerge in appeals process," 17 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

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“Consistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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