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Definition of inconstant

: likely to change frequently without apparent or cogent reason

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inconstantly adverb

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inconstant, fickle, capricious, mercurial, unstable mean lacking firmness or steadiness (as in purpose or devotion). inconstant implies an incapacity for steadiness and an inherent tendency to change. an inconstant friend fickle suggests unreliability because of perverse changeability and incapacity for steadfastness. performers discover how fickle fans can be capricious suggests motivation by sudden whim or fancy and stresses unpredictability. an utterly capricious critic mercurial implies a rapid changeability in mood. made anxious by her boss's mercurial temperament unstable implies an incapacity for remaining in a fixed position or steady course and applies especially to a lack of emotional balance. too unstable to hold a job

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the inconstant nature of the business our windjammer sailed wherever the inconstant winds took us
Recent Examples on the Web And the prospect of hacking by foreign adversaries—or by any malign actor—will always be present in a system as decentralized and inconstant as the one that grew out of that single line in the Constitution. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Can Our Ballots Be Both Secret and Secure?," 7 July 2020 Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: The Super Pink Moon," 11 Apr. 2020 But more interesting than Medvedev’s inconstant persona were the shades and shadows of his game. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "How Daniil Medvedev Became the Antihero of the U.S. Open," 6 Sep. 2019 Seven members of the Labour opposition resigned from the party in protest over leader Jeremy Corbyn’s inconstant dealing on Brexit and tolerance for anti-Semitism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Labour Revolt Against Corbyn," 18 Feb. 2019 Migraine auras and pounding headaches are inconstant partners. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 Primary sclerosing cholangitis, on the other hand, is an inconstant thing. New York Times, "What Do I Owe My Sociopathic Sibling?," 2 July 2018 But the about-face on Syria was about more than the indiscipline of a reliably inconstant presidency. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "Can the U.S. Deter War Crimes Without Going to War with Syria?," 12 Apr. 2018 While the rhetoric makes sense, Trump's decision to decertify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal, coupled with his inconstant support for Iraq's Kurds, have pushed things closer toward an endgame. Ian Bremmer, Time, "President Trump Sits on the Sidelines as Iraq Rolls Over the Kurds," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of inconstant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inconstant

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin inconstant-, inconstans, from in- + constant-, constans constant

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“Inconstant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inconstant

literary : likely to change in feelings
formal : changing often


in·​con·​stant | \ ˈin-ˈkän(t)-stənt How to pronounce inconstant (audio) \

Medical Definition of inconstant

: not always present an inconstant muscle

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