Definition of consistent in English:

consistent

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɪst(ə)nt
 
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adjective

  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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.

Derivatives

consistently

adverb
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  • The Government has consistently acted on the best professional veterinary advice.
  • That would be great news for one of the country's most consistently strong riders of the last decade.
  • It is a misgiving he is at pains to avoid in this consistently entertaining and revealing anthology.

Origin

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

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