in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē \

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

That’s not the most useful question, though — particularly at a time when Twitter’s guidelines remain systematically riddled with inconsistencies and blind spots that enable dangerous racists and abusers. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Was it right to dox Stephen Miller? That’s the wrong question," 27 June 2018 The story was believable, and there weren't any glaring inconsistencies. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Former James Earl Ray attorney: "Dr. King just wasn't on his radar screen"," 4 Apr. 2018 There were occasional inconsistencies — my supposed weekly take kept alternating between $300 and $400, and Red Rain isn’t actually sold at retail in the Hartford area (or anywhere in the United States). Matthew Kauffman,, "I Trolled An Internet Scammer For Two Weeks. Here's What I Learned.," 29 Mar. 2018 In a season of ups and downs, where the only consistency has been the Portland Trail Blazers' inconsistency, their mini three-game run is a borderline triumph. Joe Freeman,, "With better ball movement, unselfish play, Portland Trail Blazers say they're 'turning the corner'," 6 Jan. 2018 Eliminating inconsistencies has been a focal point of changes in permitting across the administration, changes that helped the agency finish NEPA reviews on deadline 99% of the time in the 2018 fiscal year, the memo said. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "EPA to Eliminate Letter Grades for Some Project Reviews," 24 Oct. 2018 Bidwill's public advocacy for Kavanaugh reveals some inconsistency about which members of the sports community can voice their opinions on political issues. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Arizona Cardinals president’s support for Kavanaugh draws accusations of a double standard in the sports world," 10 July 2018 The Steelers have been known to lose a few winnable games per season, and Big Ben’s inconsistency is one of the reasons why. Steven Ruiz, For The Win, "Every NFL starting quarterback's biggest weakness," 27 June 2018 Lumpkin argued his attorney, Adrian Longacre, of Viola, should have brought up the informant's numerous inconsistencies during his cross-examination of the witness. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Court: This actually was ineffective assistance of counsel," 21 May 2018

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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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in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy | \ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stən-sē \
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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