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 Elizabeth Warren's candidacy is the most consistent. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 Hollywood still makes too much money from the global box office—its most consistent source of revenue for decades—to die out completely. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Universal’s deal with AMC means seismic shifts in the movie industry," 29 July 2020 Romney has emerged as Trump's most consistent critic among Republicans in the Senate. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'Slap in the face': Romney blasts troop withdrawal from Germany," 29 July 2020 Some of the most consistent, nationwide enforcement is coming from businesses, which have the right to deny service to customers who are not wearing a mask. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Some Americans refuse to mask up. Rules, fines and free masks will change that, experts say.," 13 July 2020 The 2017 World Championship MVP has been the most consistent piece for the streaky Huntsmen in 2020. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Inaugural Call of Duty season closing in on finish line: Which teams are hot, and which players will determine final seeding?," 9 July 2020 Jordan Clarkson, one of the team’s most consistent players and Love’s close friend, was traded in December. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love lets frustration and misery get best of him while plummeting value: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Review," 1 July 2020 The expanses of dry desert in northern Africa are the biggest, most consistent sources of dust in the world. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Saharan dust is bad for health. But it’s also crucial to Earth’s biology and climate," 30 June 2020 The court’s four most consistent conservatives joined his opinion, while the court’s four liberals dissented. Robert Barnes,, "Supreme Court says Montana program aiding private schools must be open to religious schools," 30 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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Consistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce consistent (audio)

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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