consistency

[kuhn-sis-tuhn-see]
noun, plural consistencies.
1.
a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.
2.
steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
3.
agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
4.
the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.
Also, consistence.


Origin:
1585–95; consist(ent) + -ency

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consistency or consistence (kənˈsɪstənsɪ)
 
n , pl -encies, -ences
1.  agreement or accordance with facts, form, or characteristics previously shown or stated
2.  agreement or harmony between parts of something complex; compatibility
3.  degree of viscosity or firmness
4.  the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape
5.  conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc
 
consistence or consistence
 
n

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consistency
1590s, "firmness of matter," from L. consistentem, from consistere (see consist). Meaning "state of being in agreement or harmony" (with something) is from 1650s; meaning "self-consistent" is from 1716.
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Example sentences
The consistency of chopped wet hay, the dung provides a hiding place for
  predatory insects and food for snails and fish.
They had the consistency of school paste and the density of doorstops.
Add enough melted butter to make mixture of the right consistency to shape.
Don't ever tell a copy editor that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
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