[ in-kuh n-sis-tuh n-see ]
/ ˌɪn kənˈsɪs tən si /

noun, plural in·con·sist·en·cies for 2.

the quality or condition of being inconsistent.
an inconsistent thing, action, remark, etc.
Also in·con·sist·ence.

Origin of inconsistency

First recorded in 1640–50; in-3 + consistency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inconsistence

  • An inconsistence of which the antients had no idea; since, on that occasion, they almost constantly joined dancing to singing.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing|Giovanni-Andrea Gallini
  • All which I mention purely to salve that inconsistence, 45 of the levity of dancing with the gravity of divine worship.

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing|Giovanni-Andrea Gallini

British Dictionary definitions for inconsistence


/ (ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

lack of consistency or agreement; incompatibility
an inconsistent feature or quality
  1. the property of being inconsistent
  2. a self-contradictory proposition
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