Definition of inconsistency in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The fact or state of being inconsistent:

    ‘the inconsistency between his expressed attitudes and his actual behaviour’
    • ‘That is, inconsistency reflects dissimilarity without directly assessing conflict.’
    • ‘In a season of inconsistency for the Saints, lack of injuries has been one of the constant positives.’
    • ‘Does it not go to the question of inconsistency, rather than exclusivity?’
    • ‘Charlton have been a model of inconsistency in recent weeks.’
    • ‘There is inconsistency in the prevalence data on smoking provided by different major national UK studies.’
    • ‘That kind of inconsistency will lead to an awful lot of frustration.’
    • ‘That suspicion has been inflamed by infuriating inconsistency.’
    • ‘The Commission's creativity and inconsistency have blurred the significance of these distinctions.’
    • ‘It may sometimes be best for courts to move to the best rule in steps, even at the price of inconsistency during the transition.’
    • ‘It concerns on a stricter view the question of operational inconsistency.’
    • ‘What disappointed him more than anything else was their inconsistency.’
    • ‘First, there is no inconsistency between apparently selfless acts and the fact of our biology.’
    • ‘He said State Government planning authorities were guilty of inconsistency and deception.’
    • ‘Variation and inconsistency in suggested techniques of self examination have always been considerable.’
    • ‘The fans have been on to him because of his inconsistency.’
    • ‘The bias and inconsistency is so bad that it is actually painful for him.’
    • ‘There is no inconsistency between the express words of the policies and that custom.’
    • ‘The attack, on the contrary, showed a streak of disharmony and inconsistency.’
    • ‘Poor wrist action is a major reason for inconsistency and a lack of distance in your game.’
    • ‘Difficulties faced in the analysis arose from inconsistency in educational data.’
    incompatibility, conflict, difference, dissimilarity, lack of similarity, disagreement, lack of accord, opposition, clash, irreconcilability, lack of congruence, incongruity, lack of harmony, mismatch, discordance, disparity, discrepancy
    unpredictability, inconstancy, lack of consistency, changeableness, variability, instability, irregularity, unevenness, unsteadiness
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    1. 1.1[count noun] An inconsistent aspect or element:
      ‘a book riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions’
      • ‘They could point out inconsistencies in what the guy has said before and then try to pin him down.’
      • ‘I agree that the inconsistencies were a significant aspect of the defence case.’
      • ‘Solid, there's no glaring inconsistencies through the film that distract you.’
      • ‘The apparent inconsistency should not be interpreted as ignorance or a deliberate attempt to mislead.’
      • ‘Even more glaring than these analytical wrinkles are the report's many inconsistencies.’
      • ‘The remainder of the constitution is riddled with absurdities and inconsistencies.’
      • ‘His evidence was riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions, the court heard.’
      • ‘Are there any inconsistencies in findings relating to this area?’
      • ‘Time will easily solve the latter inconsistency, but the loftiness of Paterson's tone is more troubling.’
      • ‘There are a whole heap of inconsistencies in the arguments that have been put forward.’
      • ‘Revenue assumes that the tax return is correct until some inconsistency or discrepancy shows it to be wrong.’
      • ‘He'd published a million ideas so the search for inconsistencies was a researcher's dream.’
      • ‘The internal pressures and inconsistencies of the mullahs' regime will do their work for them.’
      • ‘But major plot holes and inconsistencies dogged the thing, and left me frustrated.’
      • ‘Commentators have pointed out the numerous inconsistencies, contradictions and clumsy passages.’
      • ‘At this point, all I want to do is point out the inconsistencies of the many stories.’
      • ‘As befits the utterance of evil, the speech is riddled with inconsistencies.’
      • ‘Dawe is a master at observing life's inconsistencies and creating memorable stories.’
      • ‘Bundock pointed out a number of inconsistencies and contradictions in the testimony.’
      • ‘The problem is that some of these shared assumptions are loaded with inconsistencies and contradictions.’


Mid 17th century: from inconsistent, on the pattern of consistency.