Definition of consistent in US English:

consistent

adjective

  • 1Acting or done in the same way over time, especially so as to be fair or accurate.

    ‘the parents are being consistent and firm in their reactions’
    ‘a consistent worldwide application of its policies’
    1. 1.1 Unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time.
      ‘he is their most consistent player this season’
      ‘the mixtures are of consistent quality’
      • ‘The newspapers were judged on the consistent quality of the newspaper in that time frame.’
      • ‘These concentrations were chosen after preliminary experiments to be the lowest that showed consistent effects.’
      • ‘Not all his novels and short stories are of consistent quality.’
      • ‘But much higher rates should come with more consistent service and better quality.’
      • ‘He was the team's most consistent defensive player this season and a sure tackler.’
      • ‘The camps are operated to a very high standard and the consistent quality of the entire operation has stood the test of time.’
      • ‘The estimated effects were consistent across the various parts of the analysis.’
      • ‘One of the most important factors that relate to good quality of fruit is consistent watering.’
      • ‘Any potentially consistent effect might have been underestimated.’
      • ‘The nurses' views were remarkably consistent and remained largely unchanged after feedback.’
      • ‘He won most of his headers and was probably one of our most consistent players this season.’
      • ‘He's been one of our most consistent players all season and we'll miss him.’
      • ‘He was happy to see a local product conforming to the highest standards of quality and consistent supply.’
      • ‘People grow bored easily and they need either constant updates or consistent quality.’
      • ‘With the consistent intervention of human nature, expectations do creep in and that is where the fun starts.’
      • ‘On opening night, he alone of the main players managed a consistent performance.’
      • ‘He may be getting on a wee bit but he is probably as fit now as he has ever been and has been our most consistent player this season.’
      • ‘Each approach is internally consistent and effective, but different.’
      • ‘Perhaps the consistent quality of cultivated mushrooms has something to do with this.’
      • ‘He is a big lad and is a consistent player, good hands and a big kicker of the ball.’
      steady, stable, constant, regular, even, uniform, orderly, unchanging, unvarying, unswerving, undeviating, unwavering, unfluctuating, homogeneous, true to type
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    2. 1.2 Compatible or in agreement with something.
      ‘the injuries are consistent with falling from a great height’
      • ‘It is also essential that any such agreement is consistent with the European convention on human rights.’
      • ‘But yes, the changes in personality are consistent with my feelings and thoughts.’
      • ‘This ruling doesn't seem to be consistent with what is already allowed to be printed and sold.’
      • ‘Many legal experts argue that the agreements are neither legal, nor consistent with the Treaty.’
      • ‘The reconciliation process should be consistent with the business strategy.’
      • ‘So if a coherence theory of truth is acceptable, it must be consistent with a correspondence theory.’
      • ‘So the overall data is still consistent with a softening housing sector.’
      • ‘This is not consistent with the spirit of the National Population Policy.’
      • ‘Obviously the content of the blog mustn't promote a lifestyle that is not consistent with Christianity.’
      • ‘If I were to give you a political position, of course it would be consistent with my personal position.’
      • ‘It is also consistent with the growing prominence of gay and lesbian activism on campus.’
      • ‘Is there a way to read these opinions as consistent with a principle?’
      • ‘That struck me as very much consistent with the philosophy he put out earlier.’
      • ‘What both men were doing was consistent with their respective assumptions and goals.’
      • ‘It is consistent with my understanding of what this site is and why it accepts paid advertising.’
      • ‘And in that way, the role of the judge is consistent with the democratic theory.’
      • ‘The investigative personnel allege that this is consistent with international practice.’
      • ‘All of the correspondence thereafter is completely consistent with negotiations between the two sides.’
      • ‘The original number was 1,200 and he says that is consistent with what they promised.’
      • ‘It also noted that the reforms were consistent with regional agreements.’
      compatible, congruous, agreeing, accordant, consonant, in harmony, harmonious, in tune, in line, reconcilable, of a piece
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    3. 1.3 (of an argument or set of ideas) not containing any logical contradictions.
      ‘a consistent explanation’
      • ‘Finally, science moves forward because scientists seek to develop logically consistent theories.’
      • ‘Any theory put forward needed to be, or at least to claim to be, internally coherent and consistent in these respects.’
      • ‘As already implied, a theory can be clear, consistent, complete - and false.’
      • ‘I look forward to any consistent and credible explanation of this matter.’
      • ‘It will be clear to all, and we will have a consistent set of logic applying to it.’
      • ‘It says that no consistent formal logical system can prove its own consistency.’
      • ‘Rousseau was concerned with unity between the author and his work, but not in terms of consistent ideas.’
      • ‘The need for a consistent system of rules applies in law not only to the admissibility of evidence and how it is assessed.’
      • ‘The least he could do is give voters a consistent idea of what he'd do differently and better.’
      • ‘These developments require a new set of geologically consistent ideas about how life began.’
      • ‘But can we gain from such images a consistent set of concepts which are relevant both to us and to the age itself?’
      • ‘The Society became concerned about the lack of a consistent explanation.’
      • ‘Overall, a consistent set of variables is selected across the two functional forms.’
      • ‘One maximal consistent set of propositions is distinctive in that all of the propositions belonging to it are true.’
      • ‘This is not to say that Franklin's book is not guided by a consistent set of interests.’
      • ‘As long as the extended number system is logically consistent, which it is, there is no harm in using it as a model.’
      • ‘What it needs is a much more powerful, consistent, and coherent political expression.’
      • ‘His argument is compelling and consistent, and it very rarely disappoints.’
      • ‘Both are narrative symphonic poems, but both are also consistent musical arguments.’
      • ‘There is no conjecture there - it is all supported, sequential, logical and consistent.’
      reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, valid
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Origin

Late 16th century (in the sense ‘consisting or composed of’): from Latin consistent- ‘standing firm or still, existing’, from the verb consistere (see consist).

Pronunciation

consistent

/kənˈsɪstənt//kənˈsistənt/