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

/kənˈsistənt//kənˈsɪstənt/