[ kuhn-sis-tuhnt ]
See synonyms for: consistentconsistently on

  1. agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory: His views and actions are consistent.

  2. constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.: a consistent opponent.

  1. holding firmly together; cohering.

  2. 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

Other words for consistent

Other words from consistent

  • con·sist·ent·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-con·sist·ent, adjective

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How to use consistent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consistent


/ (kənˈsɪstənt) /

  1. showing consistency; not self-contradictory

  2. (postpositive foll by with) in agreement or harmony; accordant

  1. steady; even: consistent growth

  2. maths (of two or more equations) satisfied by at least one common set of values of the variables: x + y = 4 and x – y = 2 are consistent

  3. logic

    • (of a set of statements) capable of all being true at the same time or under the same interpretation

    • Also: sound (of a formal system) not permitting the deduction of a contradiction from the axioms: Compare complete (def. 5)

  4. obsolete stuck together; cohering

Derived forms of consistent

  • consistently, adverb

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