Definition of inconstant in English:

inconstant

adjective

  • 1Frequently changing; variable or irregular.

    ‘their exact dimensions aren't easily measured since they are inconstant’
    • ‘The star is still inconstant, however; modern measurements show that, even from one day to the next, T Tauri's brightness can change by as much as half its typical output.’
    • ‘I think the life of an actor has a divinity to it; its rhythms are so inconsistent and inconstant.’
    • ‘The world is cruel and rancid, the body is a receptacle of foul gasses and inconstant emotions, and the soul is a paltry fiction.’
    • ‘The inconstant Moon is well named because the closeness of the Moon to Earth changes with the Sun's tidal force - its differential gravitation.’
    • ‘As more information becomes available, the description, definition, and diagnostic criteria may undergo revision, although we do not usually redefine the disease to include inconstant features.’
    • ‘Cuts in foreign affairs and defense spending, inattention to the tools of statecraft, and inconstant leadership are making it increasingly difficult to sustain American influence around the world.’
    • ‘Joshua Morgan's life was ruled by inconstant weather.’
    • ‘Emily, the youngest was brown-haired and had inconstant hazel eyes that commonly bordered on green.’
    • ‘This Stoic tradition was quite clear that respect for human dignity could move us to appropriate action, both personal and social, without our having to rely at all on the messier and more inconstant motive of compassion.’
    • ‘At a more specific level, and going back several centuries, histories of national economics show inconstant associations of free trade with economic growth.’
    • ‘And yet it seems to me that much of what we encounter in our religious life may be called ‘crypto-religious’: elusive, inconstant, hard to define, and yet genuine even so.’
    • ‘But if pushed, I would wearily point out that the inconstant luminosity was a statement about the haphazard nature of life, about how the world could be either light or dark.’
    • ‘But fire is a strange stuff to make the origin of all things, for it is the most inconstant and changeable.’
    • ‘The outline of the bright, inconstant moon attends strictly to the position of the sun.’
    • ‘When I ask people why they live in a place so unforgiving, I get straight, immediate answers: wide-open spaces, inconstant weather, even isolation, traits that would discourage many.’
    • ‘She had dirty blonde hair which had that straight, heavy look that often comes with inconstant grooming.’
    • ‘It knows that attention on the part of the western powers is inconstant.’
    • ‘‘Good’ and ‘evil’ are inconstant names applied haphazardly by different men to what attracts or repels them.’
    • ‘It all underscores the fact that the administration of the resource management legislation in New Zealand is incredibly uneven and inconstant around the country.’
    • ‘Alas, the social scene is as fluid and inconstant as everything else in this turbulent country.’
    variable, varying, changeable, changing, irregular, shifting, fluctuating, inconsistent, not constant, unsettled, unfixed, mutable, unstable, unsteady
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    1. 1.1 (of a person or their behavior) not faithful and dependable.
      • ‘You either fear his humour or my negligence, that you call in question the continuance of his love: is he inconstant, sir, in his favours?’
      • ‘But with Kerry the charge isn't that he's inconstant.’
      • ‘Our passions, they concede, make us false, foolish, inconstant, and uncertain.’
      • ‘Hamlet scorns his mother and denounces women as frail, inconstant, and deceitful.’
      • ‘One can be physically promiscuous without being emotionally unfaithful, flighty, or inconstant.’
      • ‘Everyone I should have been able to count on, suddenly unreliable and inconstant, gone forever or drifting away.’
      • ‘The individual members of this particular community are by no means all wonderfully multifaceted, but they are at least inconstant, generous and judgmental, visionary and blinkered, capable of extreme kindness and gross inhumanity.’
      • ‘In addition, feminist readings have detected in city comedy the salient traits of a dominant early modern discourse that constructs women as naturally incontinent and inconstant.’
      • ‘They're almost cheerfully callous and casually inconstant.’
      • ‘And that tells voters (as it probably should) that you're inconstant and unserious.’
      • ‘Would that you again resemble the inconstant people who knew only effervescence, which we falsely called enthusiasm!’
      • ‘He was an inconstant man, impulsive and greedy.’
      • ‘Among her pithy observations was the fact that ‘men are vile inconstant toads’; and that ‘civility costs nothing and buys everything’.’
      • ‘Early in the story, the narrator establishes that Diane is representative of her sex in being deceptive, manipulative, and inconstant.’
      fickle, faithless, unfaithful, false, false-hearted, wayward, undependable, unreliable, untrustworthy, changeable, capricious, volatile, mercurial, flighty, chameleon-like, unpredictable, erratic, unstable
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Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin inconstant-, from in- not + constant- standing firm (see constant).

Pronunciation

inconstant

/inˈkänstənt/