con·​sis·​tent kən-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce consistent (audio)
: marked by harmony, regularity, or steady continuity : free from variation or contradiction
a consistent style in painting
: marked by agreement : compatible
usually used with with
statements not consistent with the truth
: showing steady conformity to character, profession, belief, or custom
a consistent patriot
: tending to be arbitrarily close to the true value of the parameter estimated as the sample becomes large
a consistent statistical estimator
archaic : possessing firmness or coherence
consistently 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, (1953) 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. See More
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Word History


borrowed from Latin consistent-, consistens, present participle of consistere "to come to a halt, remain at the same level, take up a position, reside, be composed of, be established (in a given state)" — more at consist entry 1

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of consistent was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Consistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​sis·​tent kən-ˈsis-tənt How to pronounce consistent (audio)
: being in agreement or harmony
actions consistent with our policy
: being unchanging in behavior or beliefs
a consistent supporter
consistently adverb

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