in·​con·​sis·​tent | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce inconsistent (audio) \

Definition of inconsistent

: lacking consistency: such as
a : not compatible with another fact or claim inconsistent statements
b : containing incompatible elements an inconsistent argument
c : incoherent or illogical in thought or actions : changeable
d : not satisfiable by the same set of values for the unknowns inconsistent equations inconsistent inequalities

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Other Words from inconsistent

inconsistently adverb

Examples of inconsistent in a Sentence

Customers have been complaining about the inconsistent service they have received. The pain has been inconsistent. Her grades have been inconsistent this school year. Their descriptions of the accident were inconsistent. The results of the two experiments were inconsistent. The decision was inconsistent with the company's policy.
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Recent Examples on the Web Some people, like Omari W. Keeles, assistant director for diversity, equity and inclusion at Northwestern University, do not believe that code-switching is inconsistent with authenticity. Andie Kramer, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Police officials spoke to Brockman and Whalen at the hospital and concluded that their statements were inconsistent with the girl’s injuries. Melissa Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Even though some of the details in Thibodeaux's confession were inconsistent with evidence, he was convicted and sentenced to death row in Louisiana. NBC News, 13 Sep. 2021 Lawyers, including Kaplan, spent years establishing that Thibodeaux’s recanted confession was inconsistent with the physical evidence from the investigation and that DNA tests eventually showed no connection linking him to the crime. Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 None of this is inconsistent with having great style. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 12 Sep. 2021 Some of the same issues for Clemson Even with Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, the Tigers were inconsistent with their running game against quality opponents last season. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2021 Chandler predicted that a provider challenging the ban could win on the grounds that the law is inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent that states cannot prohibit abortions prior to viability. Meryl Kornfield, Caroline Anders, Audra Heinrichs, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 Brown was responsible for three passes of 25-plus yards and two runs of 10-plus, but the offense was inconsistent. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of inconsistent

1620, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inconsistent was in 1620

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“Inconsistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconsistent

: not always acting or behaving in the same way
: not continuing to happen or develop in the same way
: having parts that disagree with each other : not in agreement with something


in·​con·​sis·​tent | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce inconsistent (audio) \

Kids Definition of inconsistent

1 : not being in agreement Their stories are inconsistent.
2 : not staying the same in thoughts or practices His scores are inconsistent.

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