Definition of consistency in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/
(also consistence)

noun (plural consistencies)

[mass noun]
1Consistent behaviour or treatment: the consistency of measurement techniques
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  • It must be logical, with consistency, coherence and clarity.
  • Dictators, after all, aren't known for their moral consistency or steady behavior.
  • That is just because consistency of treatment and equality and considerations of good administration are at stake.
evenness, steadiness, stability, constancy, regularity, uniformity, equilibrium, unity, orderliness, lack of change, lack of deviation;
dependability, reliability
1.1The quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time: we know we have the ability at the club—what we need is 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 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, firmness, solidity, viscosity, cohesion, heaviness, degree of thickness, degree of density;


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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