[in-kuh n-sis-tuh nt]
- lacking in harmony between the different parts or elements; self-contradictory: an inconsistent story.
- lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance: a summary that is inconsistent with the previously stated facts.
- not consistent in principles, conduct, etc.: He's so inconsistent we never know if he'll be kind or cruel.
- acting at variance with professed principles.
- Logic. incompatible(def 4b).
Origin of inconsistent
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1. incoherent. 2. discrepant, disagreeing, irreconcilable. Inconsistent, incompatible, incongruous refer to things that are out of keeping with each other. That which is inconsistent involves variance, discrepancy, or even contradiction, especially from the point of view of truth, reason, or logic: His actions are inconsistent with his statements. Incompatible implies incapability of close association or harmonious relationship, as from differences of nature, character, temperament, and the like: actions incompatible with honesty of purpose; qualities that make two people incompatible. Something that is incongruous is inappropriate or out of keeping, often to the point of being ridiculous or absurd: Incongruous characters or situations frequently provide a basis for comedy.
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Examples from the Web for inconsistently
That ban remains on the books, though it is inconsistently enforced.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions
July 24, 2012
In very deed,” returned Barbara inconsistently, “I could have known you any whither.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
The words "mud-guard" and "taxi-cab" are inconsistently hyphenated in the original.The Angel of Terror
But after this speech, most inconsistently, she hid her face.Washington Square
Some words were spelt, hyphenated, or had apostrophes placed, inconsistently within the text.
I am astonished that our members could act so inconsistently.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1
Samuel J. Tilden
- lacking in consistency, agreement, or compatibility; at variance
- containing contradictory elements
- irregular or fickle in behaviour or mood
- Also: incompatible maths (of two or more equations) not having one common set of values of the variables: x + 2 y = 5 and x + 2 y = 6 are inconsistent
- logic (of a set of propositions) enabling an explicit contradiction to be validly derived
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Word Origin and History for inconsistently
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