inconsistency

noun

in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce inconsistency (audio)
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.
Recent Examples on the Web But there are questions there, too, with inconsistencies in polls of voters age 18-29, given the small sample sizes of subgroups. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 As if to underline the inconsistency of the administration’s messaging — and as more Democrats demand a cutoff of U.S. aid — the State Department has since authorized thousands more bombs to be sent to Israel. Karen Deyoung, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Without a common reference frame, confusion can ensue—from small inconveniences to graver problems, such as mapping inconsistencies and navigation errors. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2024 Founded ten years ago, Bowery uses technology to reinvent and reimagine the food chain, decoupling agriculture from the inconsistencies and risks of farming outdoors. Heather Wishart-Smith, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 In a season mired with injuries and inconsistency for a team that’s hyper-aware of what critics online think, Kansas certainly could’ve used an easy first-round win to build some confidence. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 22 Mar. 2024 Other image analysis experts, speaking to the BBC, also noted the inconsistencies in the zipper, in addition to a blurry spot around Princess Charlotte’s knee that appears to be inconsistent with the paving stones in the background. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 12 Mar. 2024 Chief Public Defender Dawn Butorac said there were inconsistencies between Smerk’s statement and Lawrence’s killing. Olivia Diaz, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 And the reasons why — poor execution, bad habits, inconsistency — are frustratingly familiar. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconsistency was in 1647

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“Inconsistency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inconsistency. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

inconsistency

noun
in·​con·​sis·​ten·​cy ˌin-kən-ˈsis-tən-sē How to pronounce inconsistency (audio)
plural inconsistencies
1
: the quality or state of being inconsistent
2
: an example of being inconsistent
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