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con·sis·ten·cy

 (kən-sĭs′tən-sē)
n. pl. con·sis·ten·cies
1.
a. Agreement or logical coherence among things or parts: a rambling argument that lacked any consistency.
b. Correspondence among related aspects; compatibility: questioned the consistency of the administration's actions with its stated policy.
2. Reliability or uniformity of successive results or events: pitched with remarkable consistency throughout the season.
3. Degree of density, firmness, or viscosity: beat the mixture to the consistency of soft butter.

consistency

(kənˈsɪstənsɪ) or

consistence

n, pl -encies or -ences
1. agreement or accordance with facts, form, or characteristics previously shown or stated
2. agreement or harmony between parts of something complex; compatibility
3. (General Physics) degree of viscosity or firmness
4. the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape
5. conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc

con•sist•en•cy

(kənˈsɪs tən si)

also con•sist′ence,



n., pl. -cies.
1. degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: a liquid with the consistency of cream.
2. steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.
3. agreement, harmony, or compatibility, esp. correspondence or uniformity among the parts of a complex thing.
4. the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form.
[1585–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consistency - the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake"
gaseousness - having the consistency of a gas
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
viscosity, viscousness - resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
thickness - resistance to flow
thinness - a consistency of low viscosity; "he disliked the thinness of the soup"
hardness - the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
softness - the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
breakableness - the consistency of something that breaks under pressure
unbreakableness - a consistency of something that does not break under pressure
porosity, porousness - the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids
solidity, solidness - the consistency of a solid
2.consistency - a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
uniformness, uniformity - the quality of lacking diversity or variation (even to the point of boredom)
inconsistency - the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious uniformity among things or parts
3.consistency - logical coherence and accordance with the facts; "a rambling argument that lacked any consistency"
coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness - the state of cohering or sticking together
4.consistency - (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another
logicality, logicalness - correct and valid reasoning
logic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inference

consistency

noun
1. agreement, harmony, correspondence, accordance, regularity, coherence, compatibility, uniformity, constancy, steadiness, steadfastness, evenness, congruity There's always a lack of consistency in matters of foreign policy.
2. texture, density, thickness, firmness, viscosity, compactness I added a little milk to mix the dough to the right consistency.
Quotations
"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative" [Oscar Wilde]
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays: Self-Reliance]

consistency

noun
Logical agreement among parts:
Translations
ثَبات، إسْتِقامَهصَلابَه، كَثافَه
důslednosthustotasouvislost
fasthedkonsistens
KonsistenzWiderspruchsfreiheitBeschaffenheit
òykktsamkvæmni
dôslednosťkonzistencia
kıvamtutarlılıkyoğunluk

consistency

[kənˈsɪstənsɪ] N
1. (= constancy) [of person, action, behaviour] → coherencia f, uniformidad f; [of results] → lo regular
the manager was impressed by the consistency of her workel jefe quedó impresionado por la calidad que caracterizaba todo su trabajo
2. (= cohesion) [of argument] → coherencia f, lógica f
their statements lack consistencysus declaraciones no concuerdan
3. (= density) [of paste, mixture] → consistencia f

consistency

[kənˈsɪstənsi] n
[substance, mixture] → consistance f
[behaviour, policy] → cohérence f
(= consistent success) [player, team] → succès m constant

consistency

n
no plKonsequenz f; (of statements)Übereinstimmung f, → Vereinbarkeit f; (of argument)Logik f, → Folgerichtigkeit f; his statements lack consistencyseine Aussagen widersprechen sich or sind nicht miteinander vereinbar
no pl (= uniformity, of quality) → Beständigkeit f; (of performance, results)Stetigkeit f; (of method, style)Einheitlichkeit f
(of substance)Konsistenz f; (of liquids also)Dicke f; (of glue, dough, rubber etc also)Festigkeit (→ sgrad m) f; beat it to a thick consistencyzu einer festen Masse schlagen

consistency

[kənˈsɪstnsɪ] n
a. (of person, action) → coerenza
b. (density) → consistenza

consist

(kənˈsist) verb
(with of) to be composed or made up. The house consists of six rooms.
conˈsistency noun
the degree of thickness or firmness. of the consistency of dough.

consistent

(kənˈsistənt) adjective
1. (often with with) in agreement (with). The two statements are not consistent; The second statement is not consistent with the first.
2. always (acting, thinking or happening) according to the same rules or principles; the same or regular. He was consistent in his attitude; a consistent style of writing.
conˈsistency noun
the consistency of his work.
conˈsistently adverb
His work is consistently good.

consistency

n. consistencia;
estabilidad, firmeza.

consistency

n (pl -cies) consistencia
References in classic literature ?
These rocks are full of cracks, and in some places they are softer than at othersome, and the water has worked out deep hollows for itself, until it has fallen back, ay, some hundred feet, breaking here and wearing there, until the falls have neither shape nor consistency.
On his tombstone, too, the record is highly eulogistic; nor does history, so far as he holds a place upon its page, assail the consistency and uprightness of his character.
Something in his tone and the expression of his face, as I got this from him, set my heart aching with such a pang as it had never yet known; so unutterably touching was it to see his little brain puzzled and his little resources taxed to play, under the spell laid on him, a part of innocence and consistency.
Still, for all this immutableness, was there some lack of common consistency about worthy Captain Bildad.
Her husband, who made no professions to any particular religious character, nevertheless reverenced and respected the consistency of hers, and stood, perhaps, a little in awe of her opinion.
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
His want of spirits, of openness, and of consistency, were most usually attributed to his want of independence, and his better knowledge of Mrs.
Brocklehurst; I advocate consistency in all things.
Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect--simply a confession of failure.
And if thou wouldst prove it, touch them, and feel them, and thou wilt find they have only bodies of air, and no consistency except in appearance.
For it is manifest that the tie, moderately straightened, while adequate to hinder the blood already in the arm from returning towards the heart by the veins, cannot on that account prevent new blood from coming forward through the arteries, because these are situated below the veins, and their coverings, from their greater consistency, are more difficult to compress; and also that the blood which comes from the heart tends to pass through them to the hand with greater force than it does to return from the hand to the heart through the veins.
Jenkinson, in ushering into the House of Commons a bill for regulating the temporary intercourse between the two countries, should preface its introduction by a declaration that similar provisions in former bills had been found to answer every purpose to the commerce of Great Britain, and that it would be prudent to persist in the plan until it should appear whether the American government was likely or not to acquire greater consistency.