- 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.
Origin of consistency
Related Words for consistencebody, density, feel, makeup, viscosity, texture, thickness, firmness, constancy, faithfulness, uniformity, continuation, coherence, congruity, unity, reliability, harmony, steadfastness
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Contemporary Examples of consistence
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Historical Examples of consistence
This is said greatly to improve their consistence and flavour.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Then add as much boiling water as will reduce it to the consistence of cream, and a table-spoonful of ketchup or walnut pickle.
The variety in the nature, consistence and colour of these fluids.
When the whole is properly mixed together it will have the consistence of paste.Practical Taxidermy
When it had cooled it was taken out, and was of the colour and consistence of cheese.Mark Seaworth
William H.G. Kingston
- 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
c.1600, "state of standing still; firmness," from Middle French consistence (Modern French consistance) "a standing fast," from Medieval Latin consistentia, from Latin consistentem (nominative consistens), present participle of consistere (see consist). Meaning "coherence, solidity" is recorded from 1620s.
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.