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 consistently

Contemporary Examples of consistently

Historical Examples of consistently

  • But if you think I was consistently mercenary you are mistaken.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It was not unfriendly; it was, indeed, consistently respectful, almost reverential.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • No, he could not blame her there; he could not consistently even feel hurt.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • An obvious corollary of this is that tribal life does not consistently obtain.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • How, consistently with the theory, is it possible they should?

British Dictionary definitions for consistently



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 consistently



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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