in·​con·​sis·​tent | \ ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stənt \

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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Various studies also point to an inconsistent research classification of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy as a complicating issue. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That Morning Sickness Means Something Good During Pregnancy?," 10 Jan. 2019 Formerly an infuriatingly inconsistent talent, Grealish became a key player for Villa in their ultimately failed promotion bid last season after earlier overcoming kidney trouble., "Liverpool Have 'No Interest' in Aston Villa Star Despite Recent Claims of Talks Opening," 9 July 2018 But its electoral support, always inconsistent, has suffered further thanks to scars of Europe’s long financial crisis. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Europe’s Populist Left and Right Share a Common Call: State Intervention," 14 Dec. 2018 This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Second Sexual Misconduct Allegation and a Possible Delay—The Latest in Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination," 24 Sep. 2018 Green: Was a useful, if inconsistent, member of the Cavs, averaging 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Which free agents are available to the Pacers," 25 June 2018 But as a whole, the Seahawks’ pass rush has been maddeningly inconsistent. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "How did Seahawks pass-rusher Jacob Martin prepare for his rookie season? Jiu-jitsu.," 28 Nov. 2018 There was also some evidence that sleeping for longer was linked to a higher cancer risk, but this was more inconsistent across the different tests. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Being a morning person might have some health advantages," 12 Nov. 2018 But the response among political and school-district leaders has often been confused and often been understandably inconsistent. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018

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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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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 \

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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