in·​con·​stan·​cy (ˌ)in-ˈkän(t)-stən(t)-sē How to pronounce inconstancy (audio)
: 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 Years of naval inconstancy with repair work drove Vigor Industrial—a once vibrant and growing maritime conglomerate—into the welcoming arms of hedge funds, which wasted no time in striping the company of value. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 In the nineteen-nineties and two-thousands, as the center-left was evolving, the label was most effectively applied to those telegenic figures—Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, John Edwards—who were suspected of ideological inconstancy and of substituting polls for principles. Benjamin Wallace-Wells, The New Yorker, 29 Sep. 2022 But, in the hands of the Fleet Foxes, the pastoral feels less like a particular zone in time and more like a space in which to parse ideas of self-reliance, the inconstancy of love, the pain of intimacy, the fear of loss, the sting of betrayal, and the strange but urgent project of hope. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2022 Here, Calabazas appears to be holding a toy windmill in one hand and, in the other, a miniature portrait of a woman, perhaps intended by Velázquez as a commentary on the inconstancy of love. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2023 Due to his inconstancy and Angie’s growing attachment, their flimsy relationship operated on a timescale of eras coalescing into matters of historical record. Hannah Gold, Harper’s Magazine , 26 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inconstancy was in 1526

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“Inconstancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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in·​con·​stan·​cy (ˈ)in-ˈkän(t)-stən-sē How to pronounce inconstancy (audio)
plural inconstancies
: the quality or state of being inconstant
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