inconstant

adjective in·con·stant \ (ˌ)in-ˈkän(t)-stənt \

Definition of inconstant

:likely to change frequently without apparent or cogent reason

inconstantly

adverb

Examples of inconstant in a Sentence

  1. the inconstant nature of the business

  2. our windjammer sailed wherever the inconstant winds took us

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Origin and Etymology of inconstant

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

Synonym Discussion of inconstant

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

INCONSTANT Defined for English Language Learners

inconstant

adjective

Definition of inconstant for English Language Learners

  • : likely to change in feelings

  • : changing often


Medical Dictionary

inconstant

adjective in·con·stant \ ˈin-ˈkän(t)-stənt \

medical Definition of inconstant

:not always present
  • an inconstant muscle

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