Definition of consistency in English:

consistency

(also consistence)

noun

mass noun
  • 1Consistent behaviour or treatment.

    ‘the consistency of measurement techniques’
    • ‘The bigger the economic uncertainty grows, the more policy consistency is necessary.’
    • ‘It is argued that a National Crime Recording Standard will led to more consistency between forces but again this raises more questions.’
    • ‘The clarity and consistency of the present policy would be put at risk if exceptions were made.’
    • ‘Dictators, after all, aren't known for their moral consistency or steady behavior.’
    • ‘That is just because consistency of treatment and equality and considerations of good administration are at stake.’
    • ‘Common sense, moderation and consistency are the foundations of a fit body and healthy nutrition.’
    • ‘Characters and plot threads come and go without a great deal of logic or consistency.’
    • ‘This conformation would also reduce the waste of research resources and ensure a better consistency of results.’
    • ‘We wished to test the consistency and accuracy of results obtained using our new method.’
    • ‘The remarkable consistency of their application has been extensively documented.’
    • ‘It is in this way that one can perhaps analyze the consistency and application of some of his earliest thinking.’
    • ‘To ensure consistency and fairness, early in the marking process a sample of scripts is marked and checked.’
    • ‘Fairness and consistency are key practices when you're running an online community.’
    • ‘The investigators reviewed the coding and analysis system to ensure accuracy and consistency.’
    • ‘With respect to the many systems objection, an obvious first move is to reject its identification of coherence with mere logical consistency.’
    • ‘The patient's ability to enjoy good health thereafter depends on his consistency in following his treatment programme.’
    • ‘The art program has been totally updated for consistency and accuracy.’
    • ‘Our regulatory framework is overcomplicated and does not provide consistency of treatment or outcome.’
    • ‘I'm impressed by the pains taken across the system to ensure consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘He said a single force helped to provide consistency in policing standards across the railways.’
    • ‘The key issue is whether a specific application of consistency is useful and not foolish.’
    • ‘Needless to say there are degrees of logical and other consistency, and perfect consistency is not to be expected.’
    • ‘The framework for consent will be set out in legislation to ensure clarity, fairness and consistency, the Minister said.’
    • ‘It is a big mistake, however, to expect the same outcome in media where evidence, consistency and rationality are deemed important.’
    • ‘On the surface, the case for the rule of law seems the utmost in consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘There was considerable consistency in the reasons given for either discussing or not discussing the diagnosis with their children.’
    • ‘Even when teaching is of high coherence and consistency, students may experience stress.’
    • ‘It must be logical, with consistency, coherence and clarity.’
    • ‘It puts fairness and consistency in place, ensuring that all public holidays will be treated the same way.’
    • ‘A daily act of worship was also recommended as well as greater consistency in the management of student behaviour.’
    • ‘All I ask is that for consistency's sake, they stick with the same inscription.’
    • ‘Editorial control does not always extend to ensuring factual accuracy or consistency of messages about food, cooking, eating and health.’
    • ‘Portions of these translations were then back-translated to check for accuracy and consistency.’
    • ‘This is the only way to retain his lofty isolationism with any consistency; but it forces him to indulge in horrible intellectual contortions.’
    • ‘The selection of and adjustment for potential confounders needs greater clarity, consistency, and explanation’
    • ‘It's too much to ask people grieving over the violent death of a child to exhibit perfect philosophical consistency.’
    • ‘How this stood up to standards of logic or consistency was hard to fathom.’
    • ‘But rationalism is about intellectual integrity and consistency, not fudge and sentimentality.’
    • ‘It seems less likely that weak-culture firms will be able to exhibit behavioral consistency over time.’
    • ‘The length of the recall period may influence the consistency and accuracy of respondents' reports.’
    evenness, steadiness, stability, constancy, regularity, uniformity, equilibrium, unity, orderliness, lack of change, lack of deviation
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    1. 1.1 The quality of achieving a level of performance which does not vary greatly in quality over time.
      ‘we know we have the ability at the club—what we need is consistency’
      • ‘But, to me, that is only to say that no person ever achieves total consistency.’
      • ‘It will be a significant step in achieving consistency in your game.’
      • ‘He wanted to achieve a greater level of consistency in his game and to win a second Leinster title.’
      • ‘If you're struggling with consistency and accuracy, this might be your best chance of making solid contact.’
      • ‘Sadly though, she lacked the consistency necessary to secure a spot on a World or Olympic team.’
      • ‘Their consistency of performance has been the cornerstone of their successes all through and they have matured immeasurably.’
      • ‘To achieve consistency every year in Europe, then, you have to keep quality players and pay good wages.’
      • ‘What we are looking for is consistency of performance.’
      • ‘He was the only driver who achieved this record of consistency and reliability.’
      • ‘Before this year, he had shown neither the consistency nor the patience necessary to contend over a long season.’
      • ‘The City boss is now intent on selecting as many players as possible that he can rely on for consistency of performance during the vital last four matches of the season.’
      • ‘It's about getting that consistency in his performance.’
      • ‘We've got to produce consistency of performance, individually and collectively, so that we are a threat every time we go on the field.’
      • ‘We've achieved consistency in our players, knowing each other, playing as a team.’
      • ‘Buying a set of clubs that are custom-fit, rather than off the rack, could give you more accuracy and consistency.’
      • ‘He talks about his intentions for the rest of the season, and he cites consistency in his performance as the main objective.’
      • ‘We have kept some good results but what I need is more consistency than we have achieved and that is the thing we have to focus on.’
      • ‘Studies show there is very little consistency in the performance of actively managed funds.’
      • ‘What comes out clearly is that the Indian team lacks consistency in performance, due to the needless shuffling.’
      • ‘Consistency in selection has been matched by consistency in performance once the Lord's blip was negotiated.’
  • 2The way in which a substance holds together; thickness or viscosity.

    ‘the sauce has the consistency of creamed butter’
    • ‘The study involves having the patient ingest different consistencies of liquid barium preparation, starting with a thin liquid barium preparation and proceeding to a thicker consistency similar to what is in the patient's daily diet.’
    • ‘But if you want to achieve the right consistency, it's important to remember two things.’
    • ‘Lightly whip the cream into soft peaks, then gently fold it in to achieve the required whipped consistency.’
    • ‘Applesauce has many different consistencies, and this depends on your preference.’
    • ‘I devised renal menu templates for a variety of energy levels, diet texture and fluid consistencies.’
    • ‘If you're doing this by hand, it will take up to 10-15 minutes to achieve the right consistency.’
    • ‘I work closely with the speech language pathologist in identifying and managing patients with dysphagia, ensuring appropriate food textures and fluid consistencies are provided.’
    • ‘With the machine running, gradually add enough oil to achieve a sloppy paste consistency.’
    • ‘If the soup is too thick, add a little water until the desired consistency is achieved.’
    • ‘With the consistence of sloppy polenta, grits are a taste worth acquiring.’
    • ‘Add enough water to achieve the desired consistency and blend until smooth.’
    • ‘Light, crisp and fluffy, they were of perfect consistency - and the combination of pudding and salty gravy just couldn't be beaten.’
    • ‘It is generally about the size of a melon, a little fibrous towards the centre, but everywhere else quite smooth and puddingy, something in consistence between yeast-dumplings and batter-pudding.’
    • ‘In their native countries they are seldom eaten before the skin is discoloured and the pulp of so soft a consistence that it can be scooped out with a spoon.’
    • ‘I began looking for a place to sit and found that the seats were covered in snot rockets and several other gooey substances of different consistencies.’
    thickness, density, firmness, solidity, viscosity, cohesion, heaviness, degree of thickness, degree of density
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting permanence of form): from late Latin consistentia, from consistent- ‘standing firm’ (see consistent).

Pronunciation

consistency

/kənˈsɪst(ə)nsi/