[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

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Contemporary Examples of consistency

  • Yet few have done so with as much fanfare, star power, and consistency as the New York City Ballet.

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    How High Fashion Saved the Ballet

    Raquel Laneri

    October 13, 2014

  • PHOTOS: The Life of Ariel Sharon Sharon almost made it a strategy in life to avoid the trap of consistency.

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    My Moments With Ariel Sharon

    Seth Lipsky

    January 11, 2014

  • The final wines are usually blends of several vintages and aim to create a “house style” for consistency.

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    Champagne Goes Rogue

    Jordan Salcito

    December 28, 2013

  • “There has been no consistency in the policies of the government and the central bank,” says Luchnikava.

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    India’s Rupee Drops Off a Cliff

    William O’Connor

    August 29, 2013

  • Then there is the private and exquisite reward of escaping from the laws of consistency.

Historical Examples of consistency

British Dictionary definitions for consistency



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 consistency

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