- 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 consistenciesflexibility, firmness, texture, stability, uniformity, coherence, steadiness, cohesion, unity, harmony, fitness, compatibility, pliability, fabric, plasticity, density, solidity, viscosity, elasticity, suppleness
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
Why, you may have mud of all consistencies, and of any depth.The Cruise of the Midge (Vol. II of 2)
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
The fluids secreted from the mucous membranes of animals are of various kinds and consistencies.Zoonomia, Vol. II
- 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
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.