in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce inconsistency (audio) \

Definition of inconsistency

1 : an instance of being inconsistent
2 : the quality or state of being inconsistent

Examples of inconsistency in a Sentence

Police noticed inconsistency in his two statements. Customers have been complaining about the inconsistency in the quality of service they have received. The team's biggest problem has been inconsistency: it has played well at times, but at other times it has played very poorly. There is some inconsistency in her argument. Careful editing of the entire text has eliminated inconsistencies of style. We noted a major inconsistency in his story. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Roberts won’t blame his inconsistency in his last few appearances on the shoulder issue. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 3 May 2022 But if Houstan remains in the draft, his time at Michigan will be remembered for its inconsistency. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 His inconsistency with rotations and lineups this season works against keeping him. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Vaccine mandate opponents have started trying to eliminate their logical inconsistency. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 Feb. 2022 In addition to the competition, Louisville is focused internally – on its effort and execution at the defensive end and, perhaps most critically, its inconsistency. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 Over the last two weeks, Apple’s struggles in one-on-one coverage and his inconsistency as a tackler have resurfaced. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 17 Nov. 2021 His inconsistency contributed to the offense’s first-half issues that resulted in the roster dismantling. Meghan Montemurro,, 8 Nov. 2021 Jones also threw two interceptions, giving him nine while continuing concerns about his inconsistency and decision making. Edgar Thompson,, 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inconsistency

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inconsistency was in 1647

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9 May 2022

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“Inconsistency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stən-sē How to pronounce inconsistency (audio) \
plural inconsistencies

Kids Definition of inconsistency

1 : the quality or state of not being in agreement or not being regular The team's biggest problem is inconsistency.
2 : something that is not in agreement or not regular There are inconsistencies in her story.


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