Definition of inconsistency in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnkənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/

noun (plural inconsistencies)

[mass noun]
1The fact or state of being inconsistent: the inconsistency between his expressed attitudes and his actual behaviour
More example sentences
  • The bias and inconsistency is so bad that it is actually painful for him.
  • There is no inconsistency between the express words of the policies and that custom.
  • First, there is no inconsistency between apparently selfless acts and the fact of our biology.
capriciousness, fickleness, unreliability, undependability, flightiness, volatility
rare erraticism
incompatibility, conflict, difference, dissimilarity, lack of similarity, disagreement, lack of accord, opposition, clash, irreconcilability, lack of congruence, incongruity, lack of harmony, mismatch, discordance, disparity, discrepancy
1.1 [count noun] An inconsistent aspect or element: a book riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions
More example sentences
  • His evidence was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions, the court heard.
  • I agree that the inconsistencies were a significant aspect of the defence case.
  • Solid, there's no glaring inconsistencies through the film that distract you.


Mid 17th century: from inconsistent, on the pattern of consistency.

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