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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Given these questions, along with inconsistent regulations, three major U.S. agencies--the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—turned to NASEM for help. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Report advocates broader return of research results," 10 July 2018 The officiating was inconsistent throughout Tuesday's match. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Philippe Senderos' goal in extra time pulls Dynamo to draw with Los Angeles FC," 4 July 2018 That alone elevates his value, even if his own offense has been rather inconsistent in recent years. Rob Mahoney,, "NBA Free Agency 2018: Top 50 Players Available," 25 June 2018 Veteran Drew Richmond, a former five-star recruit, and 6-foot-6 junior Marcus Tatum of Ormond Beach have potential but have been largely inconsistent to date. Edgar Thompson,, "Rebuilding Tennessee is No. 88 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 31 May 2018 The administration has complained in particular about the greater share of these crossings that involve children and family units, which have picked up in recent years, but are not inconsistent with the last few years of the Obama administration. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Fact checking the Trump administration on immigration," 29 May 2018 Gallup could form a quick rapport with Dak Prescott, which might be important given how inconsistent Terrance Williams and Allen Hurns have been throughout their careers. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft steals: Cowboys have some of most promising value picks," 30 Apr. 2018 He has been given chances, but has been very inconsistent. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Browns: Trading quarterbacks, drafting Bradley Chubb? -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 31 Mar. 2018 Parker's defense is a clear weakness and his level of hustle was inconsistent at times. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jabari Parker nearing offer sheet deal with Chicago Bulls," 13 July 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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