inconsistency

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. inconsequent,
  2. inconsequential,
  3. inconsiderable,
  4. inconsiderate,
  5. inconsideration,
  6. inconsistent,
  7. inconsolable,
  8. inconsonant,
  9. inconspicuous,
  10. inconstance

Also in·con·sist·ence.

Origin of inconsistency

First recorded in 1640–50; in-3 + consistency

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British Dictionary definitions for inconsistency

inconsistency

/ (ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

lack of consistency or agreement; incompatibility
an inconsistent feature or quality
logic
  1. the property of being inconsistent
  2. a self-contradictory proposition
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Word Origin and History for inconsistency

inconsistency

n.

1640s, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + consistency. Related: Inconsistencies.

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