agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory: His views and actions are consistent.
constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.: a consistent opponent.
holding firmly together; cohering.
Archaic. fixed; firm.

Origin of consistent

First recorded in 1565–75, consistent is from the Latin word consistent- (stem of consistēns, present participle of consistere). See consist, -ent
Related formscon·sist·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-con·sist·ent, adjectivequa·si-con·sist·ent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for consistent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for consistent

Contemporary Examples of consistent

Historical Examples of consistent

  • The Plautine character is never a consistent human character.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • In short, when a person is always to deceive, it is impossible to be consistent.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • His resolution of leaving Churchhill is consistent with his general eagerness.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • If we must have them let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man.

  • His hat was more shiny than was consistent with the hat-manufacturing interest.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for consistent



showing consistency; not self-contradictory
(postpositive foll by with) in agreement or harmony; accordant
steady; evenconsistent growth
maths (of two or more equations) satisfied by at least one common set of values of the variablesx + y = 4 and x – y = 2 are consistent
  1. (of a set of statements) capable of all being true at the same time or under the same interpretation
  2. Also: sound(of a formal system) not permitting the deduction of a contradiction from the axiomsCompare complete (def. 5)
obsolete stuck together; cohering
Derived Formsconsistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for consistent

1570s, "standing firm, standing still," from Latin consistentem (nominative consistens), present participle of consistere (see consist). Modern sense of "agreeing" (with with) is first attested 1640s. Older sense survives in consistency. Related: Consistently.

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