Definition of consistent in English:



  • 1Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate.

    ‘the parents are being consistent and firm in their reactions’
    ‘a consistent worldwide application of its policies’
    • ‘There's consequences when the kids don't listen, they are firm and consistent.’
    • ‘The problem is that the system is not being introduced in a consistent way.’
    • ‘The Government should be fair and consistent with its expectations and impositions.’
    • ‘There is lobbying by some airlines for more consistent regulations, and a higher weight allowance for divers.’
    • ‘Be a warm and loving parent, but also be firm and fair, and use consistent rules.’
    • ‘One of the important principles when working with and bringing up children is to be honest, fair and consistent.’
    • ‘I realised a long time ago that taxation was never going to be fair or consistent.’
    • ‘At the time there was public debate as to whether this was a fair and consistent decision.’
    • ‘The local authorities should exercise this duty in a fair and consistent way.’
    • ‘It is a stance we have been consistent on because we feel the country needs to have fair competition.’
    • ‘He is consistent in the application of his brand of pragmatism.’
    • ‘It will enable the Board to judge performance transparently using consistent measures.’
    • ‘You would be stupid to put any faith in our justice system to produce fair and effective judgements of a consistent basis.’
    • ‘It also ensures that student assessment procedures are fair and consistent.’
    • ‘The new system made decisions more consistent but some badge holders were judged ineligible.’
    • ‘First, it helps ensure that reporting by parties is adequate, accurate, and consistent.’
    • ‘Finally, the treatment of infractions must be firm, fair, transparent, and consistent.’
    1. 1.1 Unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time.
      ‘he is their most consistent player this season’
      ‘the mixtures are of consistent quality’
      • ‘People grow bored easily and they need either constant updates or consistent quality.’
      • ‘He's been one of our most consistent players all season and we'll miss him.’
      • ‘Perhaps the consistent quality of cultivated mushrooms has something to do with this.’
      • ‘Any potentially consistent effect might have been underestimated.’
      • ‘But much higher rates should come with more consistent service and better quality.’
      • ‘The nurses' views were remarkably consistent and remained largely unchanged after feedback.’
      • ‘He was happy to see a local product conforming to the highest standards of quality and consistent supply.’
      • ‘One of the most important factors that relate to good quality of fruit is consistent watering.’
      • ‘On opening night, he alone of the main players managed a consistent performance.’
      • ‘He won most of his headers and was probably one of our most consistent players this season.’
      • ‘The camps are operated to a very high standard and the consistent quality of the entire operation has stood the test of time.’
      • ‘He is a big lad and is a consistent player, good hands and a big kicker of the ball.’
      • ‘Not all his novels and short stories are of consistent quality.’
      • ‘Each approach is internally consistent and effective, but different.’
      • ‘The newspapers were judged on the consistent quality of the newspaper in that time frame.’
      • ‘These concentrations were chosen after preliminary experiments to be the lowest that showed consistent effects.’
      • ‘He was the team's most consistent defensive player this season and a sure tackler.’
      • ‘He may be getting on a wee bit but he is probably as fit now as he has ever been and has been our most consistent player this season.’
      • ‘With the consistent intervention of human nature, expectations do creep in and that is where the fun starts.’
      • ‘The estimated effects were consistent across the various parts of the analysis.’
      steady, stable, constant, regular, even, uniform, orderly, unchanging, unvarying, unswerving, undeviating, unwavering, unfluctuating, homogeneous, true to type
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  • 2(of an argument or set of ideas) not containing any logical contradictions.

    ‘a consistent explanation’
    • ‘His argument is compelling and consistent, and it very rarely disappoints.’
    • ‘There is no conjecture there - it is all supported, sequential, logical and consistent.’
    • ‘It says that no consistent formal logical system can prove its own consistency.’
    • ‘Any theory put forward needed to be, or at least to claim to be, internally coherent and consistent in these respects.’
    • ‘Both are narrative symphonic poems, but both are also consistent musical arguments.’
    • ‘What it needs is a much more powerful, consistent, and coherent political expression.’
    • ‘Rousseau was concerned with unity between the author and his work, but not in terms of consistent ideas.’
    • ‘Finally, science moves forward because scientists seek to develop logically consistent theories.’
    • ‘These developments require a new set of geologically consistent ideas about how life began.’
    • ‘This is not to say that Franklin's book is not guided by a consistent set of interests.’
    • ‘But can we gain from such images a consistent set of concepts which are relevant both to us and to the age itself?’
    • ‘The need for a consistent system of rules applies in law not only to the admissibility of evidence and how it is assessed.’
    • ‘It will be clear to all, and we will have a consistent set of logic applying to it.’
    • ‘Overall, a consistent set of variables is selected across the two functional forms.’
    • ‘The Society became concerned about the lack of a consistent explanation.’
    • ‘One maximal consistent set of propositions is distinctive in that all of the propositions belonging to it are true.’
    • ‘I look forward to any consistent and credible explanation of this matter.’
    • ‘As long as the extended number system is logically consistent, which it is, there is no harm in using it as a model.’
    • ‘As already implied, a theory can be clear, consistent, complete - and false.’
    • ‘The least he could do is give voters a consistent idea of what he'd do differently and better.’
    reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, valid
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  • 3predicative Compatible or in agreement with something.

    ‘the injuries are consistent with falling from a great height’
    • ‘So if a coherence theory of truth is acceptable, it must be consistent with a correspondence theory.’
    • ‘What both men were doing was consistent with their respective assumptions and goals.’
    • ‘All of the correspondence thereafter is completely consistent with negotiations between the two sides.’
    • ‘This ruling doesn't seem to be consistent with what is already allowed to be printed and sold.’
    • ‘Many legal experts argue that the agreements are neither legal, nor consistent with the Treaty.’
    • ‘Obviously the content of the blog mustn't promote a lifestyle that is not consistent with Christianity.’
    • ‘But yes, the changes in personality are consistent with my feelings and thoughts.’
    • ‘The original number was 1,200 and he says that is consistent with what they promised.’
    • ‘This is not consistent with the spirit of the National Population Policy.’
    • ‘And in that way, the role of the judge is consistent with the democratic theory.’
    • ‘If I were to give you a political position, of course it would be consistent with my personal position.’
    • ‘It is also essential that any such agreement is consistent with the European convention on human rights.’
    • ‘Is there a way to read these opinions as consistent with a principle?’
    • ‘So the overall data is still consistent with a softening housing sector.’
    • ‘The investigative personnel allege that this is consistent with international practice.’
    • ‘The reconciliation process should be consistent with the business strategy.’
    • ‘It is also consistent with the growing prominence of gay and lesbian activism on campus.’
    • ‘It also noted that the reforms were consistent with regional agreements.’
    • ‘That struck me as very much consistent with the philosophy he put out earlier.’
    • ‘It is consistent with my understanding of what this site is and why it accepts paid advertising.’
    compatible, congruous, agreeing, accordant, consonant, in harmony, harmonious, in tune, in line, reconcilable, of a piece
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘consisting or composed of’): from Latin consistent- ‘standing firm or still, existing’, from the verb consistere (see consist).