Definition of consistent in English:


Line breaks: con|sist|ent
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.



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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.


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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