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[kon-stuh n-see] /ˈkɒn stən si/
the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty; firmness of mind; faithfulness.
uniformity or regularity, as in qualities or conditions; invariableness.
Origin of constancy
1520-30; < Latin constantia. See constant, -ancy
1. resolution, steadfastness, fidelity, fealty, loyalty, devotion. 2. permanence, regularity, dependability.
1. irresolution, infidelity. 2. fickleness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for constancy
  • Such constancy deserves particular admiration in light of the pressures brought about by the restaurant's increased popularity.
  • Staying on the job for only three years leaves little room for constancy.
  • Taking advantage of spectral constancy allows the user to hear speech despite changes to pitch.
  • But the ducks, tokens of the fidelity and constancy that should grace married life, seemed an apt and pleasant souvenir.
  • The critical feature of a telephone pole or utility power is constancy.
  • It increases awareness of both constancy and change.
  • The weather is erratic, sometimes treacherous, but gradually the sun gathers strength and constancy.
  • These were colossal achievements in which constancy and imagination coalesced.
  • As anyone born to an immigrant family knows, names can lose constancy when they cross oceans.
  • More important than the temperature, though, is simply maintaining its constancy.
British Dictionary definitions for constancy


the quality of having a resolute mind, purpose, or affection; steadfastness
freedom from change or variation; stability
(psychol) the perceptual phenomenon in which attributes of an object appear to remain the same in a variety of different presentations, e.g., a given object looks roughly the same size regardless of its distance from the observer
(ecology) the frequency of occurrence of a particular species in sample plots from a plant community
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Word Origin and History for constancy

1520s, from constance + -cy.

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