Definition of inconsistent in English:

inconsistent

adjective

  • 1Not staying the same throughout.

    ‘police interpretation of the law was often inconsistent’
    • ‘His excuses for his unusual behaviour became increasingly inconsistent.’
    • ‘Mr Gill referred us to a number of authorities which, he submitted, demonstrated that unfair and inconsistent treatment provided grounds for judicial review.’
    • ‘A demon possessed person cannot be reasoned with… having an illogical, inconsistent and brute-like thought process.’
    • ‘The Cork referee, who was largely to blame for the incident due to inconsistent decisions throughout gave Gallagher the yellow as well.’
    • ‘His evidence was at times exaggerated, inconsistent and illogical when it came to describing the quality of some aspects of his construction.’
    • ‘The party cannot afford to choose leaders whose conduct and principles are inconsistent and always seem to be ready to move with the wind.’
    • ‘I can't summon the necessary faith to believe in magic if I suspect it's inconsistent nonsense, or a mess of superstitions based on fallacies.’
    • ‘Further, the IAT adopt an internally inconsistent and irrational approach to the said issues.’
    • ‘Studies on the impact of anger and worry on sexual functioning are lacking and present some inconsistent results.’
    • ‘All too often the virtual worlds visited by videogamers are illogical, internally inconsistent and littered with disruptive misapplications of design.’
    • ‘What we say is that old-Earthers are inconsistent in their belief in an old Earth and a literal Adam and literal Fall.’
    • ‘We all have inconsistent beliefs because we are not always aware of everything our beliefs entail.’
    • ‘Players must collect evidence, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails.’
    • ‘The present law is foolish, outdated, inconsistent, and ridiculous.’
    • ‘As we remarked when contrasting knowledge with belief, it is inconsistent to say ‘I know but I may be wrong’.’
    • ‘Miller's inconsistent thinking comes through in many other ways.’
    • ‘It seems a lonely place - meaningless perhaps - but it doesn't seem logically impossible or physically inconsistent in any way.’
    • ‘These foolish, inconsistent definitions of race are the ones that must be exposed and discarded.’
    • ‘Because human rights concepts tend to be very elastic and open-ended, they are capable of being given a wide range of meanings, including inconsistent meanings.’
    • ‘Overall, the moral excuses for war we have been fed are at best inconsistent, illogical and hypocritical.’
    1. 1.1Acting at variance with one's own principles or former behaviour.
      ‘parents can become inconsistent and lacking in control over their children’
      • ‘To the foreigners, however, Chinese behaviour in this respect seemed inconsistent and dangerously unpredictable.’
      • ‘I also know that we fickle, inconsistent humans come equipped with varying abilities to perceive flavors.’
      • ‘That is why people are sometimes inconsistent - and even contradictory - in their actions.’
      • ‘This man is incongruous, inconsistent and unreliable and is the latest saviour for the opposition.’
      • ‘The paradox of privacy on line is that Internet users are perplexingly inconsistent as between their attitudes and their behaviour.’
  • 2Not compatible or in keeping with.

    ‘he had done nothing inconsistent with his morality’
    • ‘Such investigations are accordingly inconsistent with the principle of proportionality.’
    • ‘Evidently, these principles are not inconsistent with one another.’
    • ‘This type of altruism seems inconsistent with principles of natural selection.’
    • ‘For instance, you might have covert tapes of conversations in which he has said different things inconsistent with his current proposed evidence.’
    • ‘He said it was inconsistent with the principles of British justice to keep defendants shivering before their case.’
    • ‘Second, a body of law or a certain legal principle may be inconsistent with a government's perception of what is in the public interest.’
    • ‘It shows a degree of intolerance, inconsistent with the principles of our democratic polity.’
    • ‘It is inconsistent with the principles of fundamental justice to deny a legal source of marijuana to people who have been granted ATPs and licences to produce.’
    • ‘The existing tariff schemes are inconsistent with the principles of deeper integration more specifically that of the Customs Union.’
    • ‘The Bill before the House seeks to put into law the important principle that the practice of fur farming is inconsistent with ethical agricultural behaviour.’
    • ‘It is grossly inconsistent with the principles of responsible government for the opposition to lack a way to express no confidence in the Executive.’
    • ‘In other words, men may not turn to others for help because this behaviour is inconsistent with male gender-role expectations.’
    • ‘That would have been quite inconsistent with the whole nature of a waiver as a discretion to be exercised on the merits of the individual case, and with the Waivers Policy.’
    • ‘Excluding Serbia would be inconsistent with our principles of inclusiveness.’
    • ‘This difference has been interpreted as inconsistent with a mechanism based on filament elasticity.’
    • ‘Your alternative argument is fundamentally inconsistent with your principal argument, is it not?’
    • ‘The solution was a clause forbidding the government from acting in a manner inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.’
    • ‘This is grossly inappropriate behaviour and completely inconsistent with the image of honesty and integrity to which she likes to pretend.’
    • ‘At this scale, politics has to operate in a way which sometimes is incompatible and inconsistent with micro-scale politics.’
    • ‘In my view, their evidence is completely incompatible and inconsistent with such a portrayal.’
    incompatible with, conflicting with, in conflict with, at odds with, at variance with, differing from, different to, in disagreement with, disagreeing with, not in accord with, contrary to, in opposition to, opposed to, irreconcilable with, not in keeping with, out of keeping with, out of place with, out of step with, not in harmony with, incongruous with, discordant with, discrepant with
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Pronunciation:

inconsistent

/ɪnkənˈsɪst(ə)nt/