inconstancy

noun
in·​con·​stan·​cy | \(ˌ)in-ˈkän(t)-stən(t)-sē \

Definition of inconstancy 

: the quality or state of being inconstant

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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

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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, "Is 2018 really all about Russia?," 18 July 2018 Her inconstancy is thrown into sharp contrast by her movie-star sibling, Sabrina (Zoey Deutch), who shepherds Izzy through her exploits with Type A efficiency. Madelyn Deutch, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Year of Spectacular Men’ Is a Family Affair, Clichés Included," 14 June 2018 The president’s wintertime inconstancy was a matter of little concern to attendees in Dallas, who enthusiastically cheered Mr. Trump’s perorations on subjects ranging from North Korean peace talks to his vote tally in the Electoral College. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Renewing Bond With the N.R.A., Trump Appeals for Help in the Midterms," 4 May 2018 But trying to land a meaningful critique of a man who thrives on conflict and inconstancy is like throwing a pebble at a gelatinous cube. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Can Protest Art Get Its Mojo Back?," 7 May 2018 The only constant in Of Montreal’s two-decade career is inconstancy: The band’s ringleader, Kevin Barnes, tries out new musical theories at a radical clip, regularly discarding entire worldviews from album to album. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 And yet, the president’s inconstancy also makes that question look fundamentally misguided. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Trump Leading Congressional Republicans to Slaughter?," 17 Oct. 2017 Her constant inconstancy is almost comforting, in its way. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "A Bulldozer and a Ballerina," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of inconstancy

1526, in the meaning defined above

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