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[kuh n-sis-tuh n-see] /kənˈsɪs tən si/
noun, plural consistencies.
a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.:
The liquid has the consistency of cream.
steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.:
There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing:
consistency of colors throughout the house.
the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Also, consistence [kuh n-sis-tuh ns] /kənˈsɪs təns/ (Show IPA).
Origin of consistency
1585-95; consist(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The fluids secreted from the mucous membranes of animals are of various kinds and consistencies.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Erasmus Darwin
  • How can you expect from them the proprieties and consistencies of a Christian life?

    Thoughts on Missions Sheldon Dibble
  • Somebody else may cipher out the whys and the wherefores and the consistencies of it—I haven't got time.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This varnish is used in three or four consistencies between which any degree of strength may be arranged by mixing.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Why, you may have mud of all consistencies, and of any depth.

  • Some particles of gravel trickled from the end of the spade, and even what was on it was of two colours and two consistencies.

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for consistencies


noun (pl) -encies, -ences
agreement or accordance with facts, form, or characteristics previously shown or stated
agreement or harmony between parts of something complex; compatibility
degree of viscosity or firmness
the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape
conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for consistencies



1590s, "firmness of matter," from Medieval Latin consistentia or directly from Latin consistentem, from consistere (see consist). Meaning "state of being in agreement or harmony" (with something) is from 1650s; meaning "self-consistent" is from 1716.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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