[ kuhn-sis-tuhn-see ]
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noun,plural con·sist·en·cies.
  1. a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.

  2. steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.

  1. agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.

  2. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.

Origin of consistency

First recorded in 1585–95; consist(ent) + -ency
  • Also con·sist·ence [kuhn-sis-tuhns] /kənˈsɪs təns/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for consistency



/ (kənˈsɪstənsɪ) /

nounplural -encies or -ences
  1. agreement or accordance with facts, form, or characteristics previously shown or stated

  2. agreement or harmony between parts of something complex; compatibility

  1. degree of viscosity or firmness

  2. the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape

  3. conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc

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