Definition of consistency in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsistənsē/
(also consistence /-təns/)

noun (plural consistencies)

1Conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness: the grading system is to be streamlined to ensure greater consistency
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  • The investigators reviewed the coding and analysis system to ensure accuracy and consistency.
  • Editorial control does not always extend to ensuring factual accuracy or consistency of messages about food, cooking, eating and health.
  • It is in this way that one can perhaps analyze the consistency and application of some of his earliest thinking.
uniformity, constancy, regularity, evenness, steadiness, stability, equilibrium;
dependability, reliability
1.1The achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time: his principal problem in tennis has been consistency
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  • He was the only driver who achieved this record of consistency and reliability.
  • Their consistency of performance has been the cornerstone of their successes all through and they have matured immeasurably.
  • But, to me, that is only to say that no person ever achieves total consistency.
2The way in which a substance, typically a liquid, holds together; thickness or viscosity: the sauce has the consistency of creamed butter
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  • It is generally about the size of a melon, a little fibrous towards the centre, but everywhere else quite smooth and puddingy, something in consistence between yeast-dumplings and batter-pudding.
  • I began looking for a place to sit and found that the seats were covered in snot rockets and several other gooey substances of different consistencies.
  • I work closely with the speech language pathologist in identifying and managing patients with dysphagia, ensuring appropriate food textures and fluid consistencies are provided.
thickness, density, viscosity, heaviness, texture;
firmness, solidity


Late 16th century (denoting permanence of form): from late Latin consistentia, from consistent- 'standing firm' (see consistent).

Words that rhyme with consistency

insistency, persistency

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Syllabification: con·sist·en·cy

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