[ kuhn-sis-tuhnt ]
/ kənˈsɪs tənt /


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


con·sist·ent·ly, adverbqua·si-con·sist·ent, adjectivequa·si-con·sist·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for consistent

/ (kənˈsɪstənt) /


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 forms of consistent

consistently, adverb
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