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

And if the nominee does a poor job explaining such inconsistencies, senators can and should take that into account. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Brett Kavanaugh perjury controversy, explained by 4 legal scholars," 7 Sep. 2018 The senior joins a Hoosiers team that faced its share of inconsistencies at quarterback last season. Matt Murschel,, "Ten quarterback transfers to watch this season," 23 May 2018 Much of the discussion surrounding Burnett has involved some inconsistencies regarding her career. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Why 'Bachelor' Star Demi Burnett Will Be All Anyone Can Talk About," 14 Jan. 2019 Mark Simone, a radio personality, said the Red Hen's refusal of service shows inconsistency with Democrats' stance on immigration. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump, Sarah Sanders, Red Hen set Twitter abuzz," 25 June 2018 That positivity, though, might be countered by the knowledge that the current roster encountered its fair share of struggles and inconsistencies this past spring. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: McDaniel men’s lacrosse," 14 June 2018 Giuliani also argued that if Trump sits down with Mueller’s team, any inconsistencies with his previous statements or the record would result from innocent confusion, not malfeasance. Laura King,, "Giuliani says Trump 'probably' has power to self-pardon but wouldn't use it," 3 June 2018 Here again was Bomani Jones, distilling things down to their simplest form, parsing the argument for cracks and inconsistencies. Eve L. Ewing, GQ, "Bomani Jones Has a Funny Joke for You," 15 May 2018 During a home visit, a lawyer gains knowledge and context to effectively advocate for the child in court, Borg said, such as picking up on inconsistencies with another party’s account. Hillary Borrud,, "In Oregon, lawyers for foster children don't even have to show up," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inconsistency

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2019

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The first known use of inconsistency was in 1647

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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


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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