Definition of consistency in English:

consistency

(also consistence)

noun

  • 1Conformity in the application of something, typically that which is necessary for the sake of logic, accuracy, or fairness.

    ‘the grading system is to be streamlined to ensure greater consistency’
    • ‘The length of the recall period may influence the consistency and accuracy of respondents' reports.’
    • ‘The bigger the economic uncertainty grows, the more policy consistency is necessary.’
    • ‘Editorial control does not always extend to ensuring factual accuracy or consistency of messages about food, cooking, eating and health.’
    • ‘The framework for consent will be set out in legislation to ensure clarity, fairness and consistency, the Minister said.’
    • ‘It puts fairness and consistency in place, ensuring that all public holidays will be treated the same way.’
    • ‘All I ask is that for consistency's sake, they stick with the same inscription.’
    • ‘How this stood up to standards of logic or consistency was hard to fathom.’
    • ‘The remarkable consistency of their application has been extensively documented.’
    • ‘Portions of these translations were then back-translated to check for accuracy and consistency.’
    • ‘To ensure consistency and fairness, early in the marking process a sample of scripts is marked and checked.’
    • ‘The art program has been totally updated for consistency and accuracy.’
    • ‘On the surface, the case for the rule of law seems the utmost in consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘We wished to test the consistency and accuracy of results obtained using our new method.’
    • ‘This conformation would also reduce the waste of research resources and ensure a better consistency of results.’
    • ‘The key issue is whether a specific application of consistency is useful and not foolish.’
    • ‘Fairness and consistency are key practices when you're running an online community.’
    • ‘It is in this way that one can perhaps analyze the consistency and application of some of his earliest thinking.’
    • ‘Characters and plot threads come and go without a great deal of logic or consistency.’
    • ‘I'm impressed by the pains taken across the system to ensure consistency and fairness.’
    • ‘The investigators reviewed the coding and analysis system to ensure accuracy and consistency.’
    evenness, steadiness, stability, constancy, regularity, uniformity, equilibrium, unity, orderliness, lack of change, lack of deviation
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    1. 1.1 The achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time.
      ‘his principal problem in tennis has been consistency’
      • ‘Studies show there is very little consistency in the performance of actively managed funds.’
      • ‘Consistency in selection has been matched by consistency in performance once the Lord's blip was negotiated.’
      • ‘What comes out clearly is that the Indian team lacks consistency in performance, due to the needless shuffling.’
      • ‘It will be a significant step in achieving consistency in your game.’
      • ‘It's about getting that consistency in his performance.’
      • ‘Their consistency of performance has been the cornerstone of their successes all through and they have matured immeasurably.’
      • ‘We've achieved consistency in our players, knowing each other, playing as a team.’
      • ‘We have kept some good results but what I need is more consistency than we have achieved and that is the thing we have to focus on.’
      • ‘But, to me, that is only to say that no person ever achieves total consistency.’
      • ‘To achieve consistency every year in Europe, then, you have to keep quality players and pay good wages.’
      • ‘Buying a set of clubs that are custom-fit, rather than off the rack, could give you more accuracy and consistency.’
      • ‘He talks about his intentions for the rest of the season, and he cites consistency in his performance as the main objective.’
      • ‘If you're struggling with consistency and accuracy, this might be your best chance of making solid contact.’
      • ‘The City boss is now intent on selecting as many players as possible that he can rely on for consistency of performance during the vital last four matches of the season.’
      • ‘He was the only driver who achieved this record of consistency and reliability.’
      • ‘He wanted to achieve a greater level of consistency in his game and to win a second Leinster title.’
      • ‘Before this year, he had shown neither the consistency nor the patience necessary to contend over a long season.’
      • ‘We've got to produce consistency of performance, individually and collectively, so that we are a threat every time we go on the field.’
      • ‘Sadly though, she lacked the consistency necessary to secure a spot on a World or Olympic team.’
      • ‘What we are looking for is consistency of performance.’
  • 2The way in which a substance, typically a liquid, holds together; thickness or viscosity.

    ‘the sauce has the consistency of creamed butter’
    • ‘I began looking for a place to sit and found that the seats were covered in snot rockets and several other gooey substances of different consistencies.’
    • ‘Lightly whip the cream into soft peaks, then gently fold it in to achieve the required whipped consistency.’
    • ‘In their native countries they are seldom eaten before the skin is discoloured and the pulp of so soft a consistence that it can be scooped out with a spoon.’
    • ‘With the machine running, gradually add enough oil to achieve a sloppy paste consistency.’
    • ‘I work closely with the speech language pathologist in identifying and managing patients with dysphagia, ensuring appropriate food textures and fluid consistencies are provided.’
    • ‘The study involves having the patient ingest different consistencies of liquid barium preparation, starting with a thin liquid barium preparation and proceeding to a thicker consistency similar to what is in the patient's daily diet.’
    • ‘I devised renal menu templates for a variety of energy levels, diet texture and fluid consistencies.’
    • ‘Add enough water to achieve the desired consistency and blend until smooth.’
    • ‘But if you want to achieve the right consistency, it's important to remember two things.’
    • ‘If the soup is too thick, add a little water until the desired consistency is achieved.’
    • ‘If you're doing this by hand, it will take up to 10-15 minutes to achieve the right consistency.’
    • ‘With the consistence of sloppy polenta, grits are a taste worth acquiring.’
    • ‘Applesauce has many different consistencies, and this depends on your preference.’
    • ‘It is generally about the size of a melon, a little fibrous towards the centre, but everywhere else quite smooth and puddingy, something in consistence between yeast-dumplings and batter-pudding.’
    • ‘Light, crisp and fluffy, they were of perfect consistency - and the combination of pudding and salty gravy just couldn't be beaten.’
    thickness, density, firmness, solidity, viscosity, cohesion, heaviness, degree of thickness, degree of density
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Origin

Late 16th century (denoting permanence of form): from late Latin consistentia, from consistent- standing firm (see consistent).

Pronunciation:

consistency

/kənˈsistənsē/