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 Tyler Johnson is simply an expiring contract for salary matching purposes, whereas Mikal Bridges who has been fairly inconsistent in his first two seasons would be the big pickup for the Thunder. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Danilo Gallinari trade rumors: Phoenix Suns prefer Thunder forward over Kevin Love," 1 Jan. 2020 Lopez, who has been inconsistent on offense this season relative to last year, turned in one of his best games of the season. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 112, Hawks 86: With Giannis out, there's plenty of opportunity for others to shine," 27 Dec. 2019 The Lions have been inconsistent on special teams this season, and penalties have been a major problem. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings: Dave Birkett's scouting report and prediction," 6 Dec. 2019 The practice has been controversial and its application previously has been inconsistent across sheriffs’ offices in Colorado. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "ICE blasts Colorado’s new “sanctuary law” after immigrant released from jail accused of attempted murder," 27 Nov. 2019 Companies have largely failed to comply with the requirements, and FDA enforcement of the rule has been inconsistent to date. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The Trump Administration Wants to Ban Flavored Vaping Products. Why Not Menthol Cigarettes, Too?," 14 Nov. 2019 But Lawson has been largely inconsistent since signing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ Reggie Lawson showing well in Arizona Fall League," 21 Oct. 2019 There’s a wide variation in grading scales that highlights how inconsistent grading systems are from teacher to teacher. Kristen Taketa, Los Angeles Times, "Teachers and experts question traditional ways of grading," 21 Oct. 2019 The unfolding drama over Chinese technology leader Huawei demonstrates the inconsistent application of basic principles. Thomas J. Duesterberg, National Review, "Trump’s Trade Policy at a Crossroads," 17 Sep. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inconsistent.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 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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