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 In that sense, the concept is remarkably optimistic, if somewhat inconsistent. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "What We Talk About When We Talk About the Middle Class," 22 Nov. 2019 This is currently a voluntary practice, and inconsistent from company to company. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Government should do more to regulate self-driving cars, investigators find after Uber death," 20 Nov. 2019 However, his playing time has been inconsistent the past few months, and Miami’s coaches claim that’s result of his practice performances. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins place both starting safeties on injured reserve and sign a former Hurricanes standout," 20 Nov. 2019 The Musketeers are going to have to defend well because their scoring options are limited and inconsistent. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Why Xavier is the most consistently satisfying sports team in town," 13 Nov. 2019 Some of that falls on center Nikola Jokic, whose productive yet inconsistent start to the season has drawn plenty of attention, Mike Singer reports. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Broncos’ Alexander Johnson earns accolade after October performance," 6 Nov. 2019 The total is rather low because of Northwestern’s inability to score combined with Iowa’s inconsistent offense. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Iowa at Northwestern odds, picks and best bets," 25 Oct. 2019 Over the past 10 years the winters have become very inconsistent. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Michael Franti Hosts Harvest Ball in Denver to Raise Awareness for Climate Change," 22 Oct. 2019 Allowing the attorney general in his sole discretion to defend ethics complaints against the governor or lieutenant governor, or the Department of Law to defend the AG, is inappropriate and inherently inconsistent with the attorney general’s role. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "New rule could put state on defense when an Alaska governor is accused of an ethics violation," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Inconsistent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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