Definition of consistent in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɪst(ə)nt/


1Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate: the parents are being consistent and firm in their reactions a consistent worldwide application of its policies
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  • One of the important principles when working with and bringing up children is to be honest, fair and consistent.
  • First, it helps ensure that reporting by parties is adequate, accurate, and consistent.
  • The local authorities should exercise this duty in a fair and consistent way.
1.1Unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time: he is Rangers' most consistent player this season the mixtures are of consistent quality
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  • The camps are operated to a very high standard and the consistent quality of the entire operation has stood the test of time.
  • He was happy to see a local product conforming to the highest standards of quality and consistent supply.
  • He's been one of our most consistent players all season and we'll miss him.
steady, stable, constant, regular, even, uniform, orderly, unchanging, unvarying, unswerving, undeviating, unwavering, unfluctuating, homogeneous, true to type;
dependable, reliable, unfailing, predictable
2(Of an argument or set of ideas) not containing any logical contradictions: a consistent explanation
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  • It will be clear to all, and we will have a consistent set of logic applying to it.
  • But can we gain from such images a consistent set of concepts which are relevant both to us and to the age itself?
  • This is not to say that Franklin's book is not guided by a consistent set of interests.
3 [predicative] Compatible or in agreement with something: the injuries are consistent with falling from a great height
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  • It is also essential that any such agreement is consistent with the European convention on human rights.
  • It also noted that the reforms were consistent with regional agreements.
  • Many legal experts argue that the agreements are neither legal, nor consistent with the Treaty.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'consisting or composed of'): from Latin consistent- 'standing firm or still, existing', from the verb consistere (see consist).

Words that rhyme with consistent

assistant, coexistent, distant, equidistant, existent, insistent, persistent, resistant, subsistent, water-resistant

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