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 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 How to pronounce consistent (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 Whether as a starter or a backup, Thompson has been consistent, Sarkisian said. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 The defense has been consistent, and junior linebacker Ben DiMarco leads that group with 25 solo tackles, 42 total, two sacks and two interceptions. Matt Goul, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 Irrespective of where Kubernetes runs, users can safely assume that the control plane is always consistent. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Interest in an online J.D. program was consistent even before the pandemic, said Catherine Casiano, the assistant dean of admissions for the school. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2021 The Mets-Yankees brouhaha seems to be more over the issue of picking up on pitchers tipping pitches than outright stealing signs, but the whistling argument is consistent. Matt Young, Chron, 13 Sep. 2021 If Boyle’s themes have been consistent, so too have his work patterns. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 And Suu Khin, a food blogger from Houston, has been consistent. Rodney Ho, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 As much as half an inch to an inch could fall where storms are consistent, with other spots seeing considerably less. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of consistent was in 1638

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22 Sep 2021

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“Consistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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