in·​con·​sis·​tent ˌin-kən-ˈsi-stənt How to pronounce inconsistent (audio)
: lacking consistency: such as
: not compatible with another fact or claim
inconsistent statements
: containing incompatible elements
an inconsistent argument
: incoherent or illogical in thought or actions : changeable
: not satisfiable by the same set of values for the unknowns
inconsistent equations
inconsistent inequalities
inconsistently adverb

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The four teams the 49ers have played during their winning streak — the Rams, Chargers, Cardinals and Saints — have all been inconsistent and are not top-tier offenses. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 Auburn’s passing game was inconsistent again, despite a strong start for Ashford. Tom Green |, al, 27 Nov. 2022 The kitchen-goods retailer said consumer demand had been inconsistent during the recent quarter and warned that high inventory levels could linger into the start of 2023. James Willhite, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 His shot was still inconsistent, particularly from the free throw line. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 Can Khamil Pierre lead Perry, which was inconsistent in the regular season last year, to another championship game — or further? Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 Xavier's offense has been fine through two games, but the defense has been inconsistent. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, 15 Nov. 2022 The exact cause of HPD isn’t known, but it’s likely linked to genetics, childhood abuse or other trauma, and having parents who lack boundaries, are overindulgent, or are inconsistent, according to Cleveland Clinic. Erica Sweeney, Men's Health, 10 Nov. 2022 Oregon’s pass rush has been inconsistent, though DJ Johnson being expected back this week should help UO generate pressure. oregonlive, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1620, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inconsistent was in 1620

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Cite this Entry

“Inconsistent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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in·​con·​sis·​tent ˌin-kən-ˈsis-tənt How to pronounce inconsistent (audio)
: not being in agreement or harmony : incompatible
an explanation inconsistent with the facts
: not logical or regular in thought or actions : changeable
a very inconsistent person
inconsistently adverb

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