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[kuh n-sis-tuh nt] /kənˈsɪs tənt/
agreeing or accordant; compatible; not self-contradictory:
His views and actions are consistent.
constantly adhering to the same principles, course, form, etc.:
a consistent opponent.
holding firmly together; cohering.
Archaic. fixed; firm.
Origin of consistent
1565-75; < Latin consistent- (stem of consistēns, present participle of consistere). See consist, -ent
Related forms
consistently, adverb
quasi-consistent, adjective
quasi-consistently, adverb
1. congruous, consonant, harmonious, conformable. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for consistently


showing consistency; not self-contradictory
(postpositive) foll by with. in agreement or harmony; accordant
steady; even: consistent growth
(maths) (of two or more equations) satisfied by at least one common set of values of the variables: x + y = 4 and x – y = 2 are consistent
  1. (of a set of statements) capable of all being true at the same time or under the same interpretation
  2. Also sound. (of a formal system) not permitting the deduction of a contradiction from the axioms Compare complete (sense 5)
(obsolete) stuck together; cohering
Derived Forms
consistently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for consistently



1570s, "standing firm, standing still," from Latin consistentem (nominative consistens), present participle of consistere (see consist). Modern sense of "agreeing" (with with) is first attested 1640s. Older sense survives in consistency. Related: Consistently.

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