- not constant; changeable; fickle; variable: an inconstant friend.
Origin of inconstant
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moody, capricious, vacillating, wavering; undependable, unstable, unsettled, uncertain; mutable, mercurial, volatile. See fickle.
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Examples from the Web for inconstancy
It was not long before they had to pay a heavy penalty for their treachery and inconstancy.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
But it is necessary for me, for my honor, to prevent the scandal of her inconstancy.The Middle Class Gentleman
Her flightiness or inconstancy was of the most dangerous kind.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
He was tired of her, and yet he seems to have been ashamed to confess his inconstancy.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Others are ceramic satires on the drunkard's folly or the inconstancy of women.Highways & Byways in Sussex
- not constant; variable
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Word Origin and History for inconstancy
1520s, from Latin inconstantia (see inconstance).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Changing or varying, especially often and without discernible pattern or reason.
- Relating to a structure that normally may or may not be present.
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