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  • IPA(key): /kənˈsɪstənsi/
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  • Hyphenation: con‧sis‧ten‧cy

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consistency (countable and uncountable, plural consistencies)

  1. Local coherence.
  2. Correspondence or compatibility.
  3. Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.
    They want to achieve a high degree of consistency in their process and their product.
    • 1716 January 6 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison, “The Free-holder: No. 2. Monday, December 26. [1715.]”, in The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq; [], volume IV, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], published 1721, →OCLC:
      That consistency of behaviour whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just.
  4. The degree of viscosity of something.
    Mix it until it has the consistency of a thick paste.
  5. (logic) Freedom from contradiction; the state of a system of axioms such that none of the propositions deduced from them are mutually contradictory.
  6. (obsolete) Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, 6th edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, →OCLC:
      His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting consistency.

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