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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Stick to a regimen that works for you, and be consistent. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Alicia Keys Stuck to Wearing Barely Any Makeup at the 2019 Met Gala and Looks Stunning," 7 May 2019 Because, his kids, that’s where he's always been consistent. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Becoming a client requires consistent Saks loyalty, which boils down to at least half a dozen store visits a year and a spend threshold in the six figures. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Woman Behind New York’s Most Glamorous Closets," 22 Mar. 2019 Most managers of successful accounts put in full working days between answering emails, responding to fans, and creating consistent content for their platforms of choice. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 2018 For K-pop stars, having a consistent, signature look is a rarity. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Rose Opens Up About the Pressure to Have Good Skin in K-Pop and Beyond," 5 Oct. 2018 Work in the mouth is hard to see and make consistent. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "New Dental Tech Can Tell When You're Scared," 28 July 2018 The Healthcare Distribution Alliance, a trade association for drug distributors, told the Senate committee that the DEA had not provided clear enough information about what constituted a suspicious order to get consistent reporting across companies. Andy Marso, kansascity, "As opioids poured into Missouri, the DEA failed, McCaskill says," 12 July 2018 Another consistent finding in political science is that voters are ideological conservatives but operational liberals. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 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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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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