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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With onboard preamps and pickups, these let artists play large venues with acoustic guitars without putting a mic directly on the instrument, which is a logistical hassle that can result in volume inconsistency and feedback issues. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 In their testimonies last week, both Judge Kavanaugh and Ms. Ford had some pinholes pricked through their testimonies: he about his wild student life at Georgetown Prep and Yale, she about factual inconsistencies and potential political motivations. Allen C. Guelzo, WSJ, "Kavanaugh May Be the Democrats’ Waterloo," 5 Oct. 2018 Dowd said the legal team believed the depositions would reveal inconsistencies and falsehoods in the information given to the grand jury and the media. Washington Post, "Missouri governor’s lawyer asks panel to delay probe report," 8 Apr. 2018 Due to inconsistencies in the friction between the threads and bolt face, conventionally torquing a fastener isn't consistent enough. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 However, her campaign had been overshadowed by inconsistencies in that narrative. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Insurgents Score Wave of Upsets in Senate Races," 13 Sep. 2018 Defense attorney Jessica Carmichael argued, however, that there was not enough evidence to prove McGowan’s guilt, pointing to inconsistencies among witnesses as well as the hours that passed between the flight’s landing and the wallet’s discovery. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Rose McGowan is indicted on drug charge in Va.," 12 June 2018 Critics point to other apparent inconsistencies in Schuette's record as attorney general. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "How 1 lost election changed Michigan governor candidate Bill Schuette," 25 May 2018 Image Any ideology operating under the seismic pressures of the actual world will reveal a seam of inconsistency, a line of vulnerability running through it like a stress fracture. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "A Community Cracked Open by Fracking," 13 June 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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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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