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consistent

[kuh n-sis-tuh nt] /kənˈsɪs tənt/
adjective
1.
agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory:
His views and actions are consistent.
2.
constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.:
a consistent opponent.
3.
holding firmly together; cohering.
4.
Archaic. fixed; firm.
Origin of consistent
1565-1575
First recorded in 1565-75, consistent is from the Latin word consistent- (stem of consistēns, present participle of consistere). See consist, -ent
Related forms
consistently, adverb
quasi-consistent, adjective
quasi-consistently, adverb
Synonyms
1. congruous, consonant, harmonious, conformable.
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  • But if you think I was consistently mercenary you are mistaken.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was not unfriendly; it was, indeed, consistently respectful, almost reverential.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • No, he could not blame her there; he could not consistently even feel hurt.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • An obvious corollary of this is that tribal life does not consistently obtain.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • How, consistently with the theory, is it possible they should?

British Dictionary definitions for consistently

consistent

/kənˈsɪstənt/
adjective
1.
showing consistency; not self-contradictory
2.
(postpositive) foll by with. in agreement or harmony; accordant
3.
steady; even: consistent growth
4.
(maths) (of two or more equations) satisfied by at least one common set of values of the variables: x + y = 4 and x – y = 2 are consistent
5.
(logic)
  1. (of a set of statements) capable of all being true at the same time or under the same interpretation
  2. Also sound. (of a formal system) not permitting the deduction of a contradiction from the axioms Compare complete (sense 5)
6.
(obsolete) stuck together; cohering
Derived Forms
consistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for consistently

consistent

adj.

1570s, "standing firm, standing still," from Latin consistentem (nominative consistens), present participle of consistere (see consist). Modern sense of "agreeing" (with with) is first attested 1640s. Older sense survives in consistency. Related: Consistently.

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