consistent

adjective
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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Other Words from consistent

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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The White House’s lack of response on this issue is consistent with its refusal to comply with any of the House’s investigations into Trump, his administration and his policies. Colby Itkowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "House threatens more subpoenas for documents related to Puerto Rico hurricane," 2 July 2019 This is a message Pacers Sports & Entertainment has been consistent with in the past couple months. Robby General, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers' home remains Bankers Life Fieldhouse, despite expired naming rights deal," 1 July 2019 Federal regulations say the agreements must be consistent with state and local law. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Teller County sheriff’s agreement with ICE violates new Colorado state law, ACLU lawsuit alleges," 27 June 2019 Designing laws for drugs that are consistent with their dangers and benefits requires predicting how drug markets will respond. The Economist, "What is the most dangerous drug?," 25 June 2019 But without a way to deliver concessions to the Trump administration that would be consistent with regime pride, Tehran is left trying to stoke a sense of confrontation without going over the edge. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Trump’s Finest Hour," 25 June 2019 All this is consistent with vast numbers of migrants, many of them families and children, flooding the border and overtaxing facilities never meant for these kinds of numbers or this demographic of migrant. Rich Lowry, National Review, "What a Border Crisis Looks Like," 25 June 2019 The Farsi Island episode is consistent with ProPublica’s findings in its ongoing examination of the Navy’s state of combat readiness. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 The image also is consistent with aerial photos and video that local media captured of Toronto fans that night. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "2 Trump Stories on Social Media You Shouldn't Believe," 22 June 2019

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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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consistent

adjective

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

consistent

adjective
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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