lacking in harmony between the different parts or elements; self-contradictory:an inconsistent story.
lacking agreement, as one thing with another or two or more things in relation to each other; at variance: a summary that is inconsistent with the previously stated facts.
- in·con·sist·ent·ly, adverb
- incontinent, inconsistent
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How to use inconsistent in a sentence
It might seem inconsistent to have focused on the dangers of large gatherings all year and begin warning about small gatherings just as they feel the most valuable.
There will be insanely inconsistent deals for similar players.The NBA offseason is a wild ride in normal times. This year? Buckle up. | Jerry Brewer | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
Which is what makes Haskins so important, now that he is Smith’s backup following the season-ending injury to Kyle Allen, just weeks after he was benched as the starter and dropped to third string for inconsistent play and practice habits.Alex Smith is the NFL’s best story, but Washington’s next few weeks are about Dwayne Haskins | Les Carpenter | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Hospital capacity was previously included among Vox’s metrics, but it’s been removed due to inconsistent data reporting.
While women of color initially voted in the thousands in 1920, access to voting proved to be inconsistent and hard fought.Mixed 2020 election results show that women still face a sexist political culture | Stacie Taranto, Leandra Zarnow | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
That ban remains on the books, though it is inconsistently enforced.Yale’s Singapore University Criticized For Free-Speech Restrictions | Alex Klein | July 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The word withdraw or withdraw was inconsistently hyphenated; it was left as printed, and line-end hyphens were retained.The Earliest Arithmetics in English | Anonymous
He is under stress and like all persons under tension he reacts extremely and hence inconsistently in different directions.The Minister and the Boy | Allan Hoben
I did not believe in a God; why should I inconsistently feel regret that she shared my unbelief?The Sorrows of Satan | Marie Corelli
I certainly would not intrude, and I will not ask you to act inconsistently with your principles.Bertha and Her Baptism | Nehemiah Adams
The French word enfin is inconsistently translated as in fine or as finally.History of Embalming | J. N. Gannal
British Dictionary definitions for inconsistent
lacking in consistency, agreement, or compatibility; at variance
containing contradictory elements
irregular or fickle in behaviour or mood
Also: incompatible maths (of two or more equations) not having one common set of values of the variables: x + 2 y = 5 and x + 2 y = 6 are inconsistent
logic (of a set of propositions) enabling an explicit contradiction to be validly derived
- inconsistently, adverb
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