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 Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead Sciences, said in a statement that the results are inconsistent with more rigorous studies and have not been fully reviewed or published. Arkansas Online, "WHO study finds remdesivir didn't help covid-19 patients," 16 Oct. 2020 Remdesivir’s maker, Gilead Sciences, said in a statement that the results are inconsistent with more rigorous studies and have not been fully reviewed or published. Jamey Keaten And Marilynn Marchione,, "Large study led by the World Health Organization finds antiviral drug remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients," 16 Oct. 2020 There’s no question that investors get an emotional benefit by divesting stocks of companies that are inconsistent with their values. Meir Statman, WSJ, "What You Need to Know About Social-Impact Investing," 4 Oct. 2020 In the past, the platform has been inconsistent with removing tweets featuring hate speech and threats of violence. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Facebook, Twitter and TikTok say content wishing for death of anyone, including Trump, is not allowed," 3 Oct. 2020 Paciorek, from the Upton campaign, argued that Hoadley’s acknowledgement of the fiscal constraints facing local governments — including police — was inconsistent with his vote. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Fred Upton campaign ad says Jon Hoadley voted to defund the police. That's not true.," 29 Sep. 2020 That interpretation, some scientists say, is inconsistent with other observations from the same area. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Mars may be hiding tantalizing lakes beneath its glaciers," 28 Sep. 2020 Phillip Levine, a co-author of the report, said the theory that birthrates will go up as a result of the pandemic is inconsistent with the economics of fertility. Bethany Ao Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Tribune, "What baby boom? Pandemic unlikely to raise birth rate of 'coronials'," 18 Sep. 2020 To exclude a respected vendor based on religious beliefs is the opposite of tolerance and is inconsistent with the Constitution, Texas law, and Texas values. Dallas News, "Chick-fil-A will be allowed back at San Antonio Airport after deal with feds," 14 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Inconsistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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