in·​con·​stan·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkän(t)-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce inconstancy (audio) \

Definition of inconstancy

: the quality or state of being inconstant

Examples of inconstancy in a Sentence

a wife who was long inured to the chronic inconstancy of her husband the inconstancy of public opinion is such that today's hero may be tomorrow's punching bag
Recent Examples on the Web Over the past 20 years, the United States has undermined its own global leadership by inconstancy. Damon Linker, The Week, 9 June 2021 An acidic trickle of disenchantment, especially regarding Bellow’s inconstancy with women and family, runs through it. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Magill’s recollection, recounted in Blum’s Morgenthau biography, captures a typical moment of presidential inconstancy. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 As his sister Isabella, mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala is marvelously impassioned — another victim of Heathcliff's wild emotional inconstancy, and arguably the only major character in the opera who is fully sympathetic. Terry Blain Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 26 Oct. 2020 The Trump administration’s policies have instead been characterized by inconstancy. Editorial Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, 25 Aug. 2020 But while there are benefits to highlighting Democratic hypocrisy and media inconstancy, the larger goal is to raise awareness of Biden’s alleged misdeeds with voters. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 30 Apr. 2020 Due to several inconstancies in the victim’s statement a Police Information report was generated. Houston Chronicle, 16 Sep. 2019 But the inconstancy in Democratic alarm levels isn’t reserved just for big moments like President Trump’s Finnish face plant. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 18 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of inconstancy

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Inconstancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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