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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Jeffries added that Oladipo's strong season could have played a role in Turner's inconsistency. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "IU's Jared Jeffries loves Oladipo, Miller; not high on PG, Crean," 13 July 2018 These inconsistencies did nothing to hinder Israel’s expulsion preparations. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 Trump has shown consistent inconsistency on the proposal. Eli Stokols,, "Trump kills off House immigration bill he had vowed to support '1,000%'," 22 June 2018 The ensuing chaos reveals the show's inconsistencies. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Teacher of the Year earns low marks for both math and comedy," 29 May 2018 But ineptitude and inconsistency are not quite the same as inaction. The Economist, "Donald Trump wants tough justice—with one exception," 17 May 2018 But the safety agency has found shortcomings and inconsistencies by automakers in meeting those rules. Anchorage Daily News, "Keyless cars are convenient, but can lead to a deadly error," 14 May 2018 Under the new agreement, the White House budget office will review Treasury regulations that could create interference or inconsistencies with regulations from other agencies. Alan Rappeport And Jim Tankersley,, "Top Trump officials reach truce in fight over tax law’s implementation," 14 Apr. 2018 Additional inconsistencies in the woman’s explanation of the incident resulted in her arrest, Grennes said, adding detectives conferred with the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office before making the arrest. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Mom held after 3-year-old daughter found dead in Valparaiso pond, police say," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of inconsistency

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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