• (RP) IPA: /kənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/
  • (GA) IPA: /kənˈsɪstənsi/


  1. Local coherence.
  2. Correspondence or compatibility.
  3. Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.
    • December 26 1715, Joseph Addison, The Freeloader No. 2
      That consistency of behaviour whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just.
    They want to achieve a high degree of consistency in their process and their product.
  4. The degree of viscosity of something.
    Mix it until it has the consistency of a thick paste.
  5. (logic) Freedom from contradiction; the state of a system of axioms such that none of the propositions deduced from them are mutually contradictory.
  6. (obsolete) Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
    • His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting consistency.
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