[kuh n-sis-tuh n-see]

noun, plural con·sist·en·cies.

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.

Also con·sist·ence [kuh n-sis-tuh ns] /kənˈsɪs təns/.

Origin of consistency

First recorded in 1585–95; consist(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consistencies

Historical Examples of consistencies

  • How can you expect from them the proprieties and consistencies of a Christian life?

    Thoughts on Missions

    Sheldon Dibble

  • Why, you may have mud of all consistencies, and of any depth.

  • Somebody else may cipher out the whys and the wherefores and the consistencies of it—I haven't got time.

    A Tramp Abroad, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • This varnish is used in three or four consistencies between which any degree of strength may be arranged by mixing.

    Practical Lithography

    Alfred Seymour

  • The fluids secreted from the mucous membranes of animals are of various kinds and consistencies.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II

    Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for consistencies



noun plural -encies or -ences

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
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Word Origin and History for consistencies



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper