Definition of inconsistently in English:

inconsistently

adverb

  • 1In a way that does not stay the same throughout.

    ‘the rules were applied inconsistently’
    • ‘Patients don't like to admit they can't afford their meds, or are taking them inconsistently.’
    • ‘Many of these laws have been inconsistently enforced.’
    • ‘Often details have been recorded inconsistently, incorrectly or extremely imaginatively.’
    • ‘Despite their lead, the team played inconsistently in the first half.’
    • ‘One hundred twenty-five surveys were incompletely or inconsistently filled out and were excluded from the current analysis.’
    • ‘Problems and ill-feeling frequently arise when good policies are inconsistently applied by managers.’
    • ‘Educational services were inconsistently available to the Paiutes on the various reservations and colonies.’
    • ‘Corticosteroids continue to be used widely, albeit inconsistently.’
    • ‘Her work is strong but inconsistently so.’
    • ‘Such terms were used loosely and inconsistently.’
    • ‘The survey found that 80 per cent of websites perform inconsistently, with widely varying response times, timeouts and errors.’
    1. 1.1 In a way that is at variance with ones principles or former behaviour.
      ‘in the real world, people behave inconsistently and contradict themselves’
      • ‘The film seems to meander, and Irena starts to behave inconsistently from scene to scene.’
      • ‘But, rather inconsistently, many jurists asserted that after consultation the ruler must follow the opinion that is most consistent with the consensus of jurists.’
      • ‘It must be conceded that not every witness who testifies inconsistently with an earlier statement can properly be regarded as hostile.’
      • ‘However inconsistently and disingenuously, he claimed to speak on behalf of the working people.’
      • ‘She claimed that the two countries are both guilty of using human rights arguments inconsistently.’
      • ‘They behave inconsistently with their attitudes but in an unexpected way.’
      • ‘It is true that, like other white egalitarians of his day, he inconsistently clutched at old hierarchical distinctions between savagery and civilization.’
      • ‘Then, once again inconsistently, Ernie undermines his own argument.’
    2. 1.2 In a way that is not compatible or in keeping with something.
      ‘they acted inconsistently with their professional obligations’
      • ‘By doing so, they acted inconsistently with Article II of the Constitution.’
      • ‘It was not unknown for the die to be imperfect because the design drawing had been interpreted incorrectly, or inconsistently in relation to the stitching pattern.’
      • ‘The bank is not accountable if it failed to appreciate, albeit negligently, that it was acting inconsistently with the trust or fiduciary duty.’
      • ‘It was unfair for the Secretary of State to treat the other applicants inconsistently.’
      • ‘He claims he was treated unfairly and inconsistently with the way in which other people have been treated.’
      • ‘Doctors might be acting inconsistently with directives from the World Medical Association when it comes to the treatment of hunger strikers.’

Pronunciation

inconsistently

/ɪnkənˈsɪst(ə)ntli/