inconsistency

noun
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick who was released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, "Missed field goal haunts Bucs during loss to Rams," 24 Nov. 2020 Ball's time in New Orleans has been defined by inconsistency. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "Report: Pelicans showing 'openness' to trade talks involving Lonzo Ball, JJ Redick," 27 Jan. 2021 Rosecrans acknowledges he could be accused of inconsistency after voting against Schilling but in favor of people like Bonds and Jones. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, "Character concerns go beyond PEDs in this Hall of Fame vote," 23 Jan. 2021 Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick who was released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks. Fred Goodall, orlandosentinel.com, "Missed field goal haunts Bucs during loss to Rams," 24 Nov. 2020 Gay, a 2019 Bucs draft pick who was released after a rookie season marked by inconsistency, is the Rams’ third kicker in four weeks. oregonlive, "Los Angeles Rams hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Recap, score, stats and more," 23 Nov. 2020 In the two games since Bryant was signed to the practice squad, the Ravens passing offense has continued to be hampered by inconsistency. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens’ Greg Roman: WR Dez Bryant could ‘become a factor’ in late-season stretch," 19 Nov. 2020 Last season, the Tigers' bullpen was marred by inconsistency. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How the Detroit Tigers' bullpen will change under AJ Hinch," 14 Nov. 2020 Two consecutive losses marred by offensive inconsistency have created a mini-slide. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Bears Week 9 storylines: Mitch Trubisky’s recovery prognosis, a quarterback change that worked and potential NFL playoff expansion," 7 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Feb 2021

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“Inconsistency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconsistency. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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inconsistency

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inconsistency

: the quality or fact of not staying the same at different times
: the quality or fact of having parts that disagree with each other
: a difference or disagreement between two statements which means that both cannot be true

inconsistency

noun
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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