- 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 consistencyflexibility, firmness, texture, stability, uniformity, coherence, steadiness, cohesion, unity, harmony, fitness, compatibility, pliability, fabric, plasticity, density, solidity, viscosity, elasticity, suppleness
Examples from the Web for consistency
Contemporary Examples of consistency
Yet few have done so with as much fanfare, star power, and consistency as the New York City Ballet.How High Fashion Saved the Ballet
October 13, 2014
PHOTOS: The Life of Ariel Sharon Sharon almost made it a strategy in life to avoid the trap of consistency.My Moments With Ariel Sharon
January 11, 2014
The final wines are usually blends of several vintages and aim to create a “house style” for consistency.Champagne Goes Rogue
December 28, 2013
“There has been no consistency in the policies of the government and the central bank,” says Luchnikava.India’s Rupee Drops Off a Cliff
August 29, 2013
Then there is the private and exquisite reward of escaping from the laws of consistency.A.M. Rosenthal, the Man I Remember in May
May 25, 2013
Historical Examples of consistency
There was in him a sincerity and consistency which could not be hid.Cleveland Past and Present
There's no doubt about the thoroughness and consistency of Scott's characters.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
There is, therefore, usually a parallelism and consistency in their great 5.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
This was about the consistency of oil, and had the lustre he desired.
True knowledge is a whole, and is at rest; consistency and universality are the tests of truth.The Republic
- 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 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.