Definition of inconsistency in English:


nounPlural inconsistencies

mass noun
  • 1The fact or state of being inconsistent.

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


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