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

And its results were inconsistent, working best with photos where the subject was already wearing something like a bikini. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Github is banning copies of ‘deepfakes’ porn app DeepNude," 9 July 2019 Throughout the investigation, Hodge’s statements before and after the fire were inconsistent, according to the documents. Erika Butler,, "Judge: Woman charged with setting fatal Edgewood house fire 'an incredible danger to the community'," 3 July 2019 When patients received a liver transplant, the virus always reinfected the new organ, but the pace of this infection was inconsistent. Quanta Magazine, "The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses," 30 May 2019 Jose Suarez, the 21-year-old left-hander who has shown promise but has been inconsistent in five big-league starts, will pitch Sunday in Houston. Mike Digiovanna,, "Griffin Canning struggles in game Tyler Skaggs had been scheduled to start," 4 July 2019 Cousins was so inconsistent in the series’ first four games that, if not for Kevin Durant tearing his right Achilles tendon, he probably wouldn’t have played in Game 5. Connor Letourneau,, "Why the DeMarcus Cousins experiment didn’t work out for Warriors," 29 June 2019 But several justices said there was no clear line between edgy and immoral, noting the government had been inconsistent in applying its standards. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on ‘Immoral or Scandalous’ Trademarks," 24 June 2019 The Warriors still have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green but their supporting cast has been wildly inconsistent in this series. Gary Washburn,, "Warriors get one last chance at Oracle, but do they have enough to force Game 7?," 13 June 2019 But this doesn’t mean the government cannot promote facts and ideas that are inconsistent with some religious beliefs. Jay Wexler, Vox, "6 things I wish people understood about atheism in America," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of inconsistent

1620, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2019

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The first known use of inconsistent was in 1620

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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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