consistency

[kuh n-sis-tuh n-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.
  3. agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
  4. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Also con·sist·ence [kuh n-sis-tuh ns] /kənˈsɪs təns/.

Origin of consistency

First recorded in 1585–95; consist(ent) + -ency
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consistency

consistence

noun plural -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
  3. degree of viscosity or firmness
  4. the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape
  5. conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc
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Word Origin and History for consistence
n.

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.

consistency

n.

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.

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