Meaning of consistent in English:


Pronunciation /kənˈsɪst(ə)nt/

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  • 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’
    • ‘One of the important principles when working with and bringing up children is to be honest, fair and consistent.’
    • ‘First, it helps ensure that reporting by parties is adequate, accurate, and consistent.’
    • ‘The local authorities should exercise this duty in a fair and consistent way.’
    • ‘I realised a long time ago that taxation was never going to be fair or consistent.’
    • ‘Be a warm and loving parent, but also be firm and fair, and use consistent rules.’
    • ‘It also ensures that student assessment procedures are fair and consistent.’
    • ‘At the time there was public debate as to whether this was a fair and consistent decision.’
    • ‘Finally, the treatment of infractions must be firm, fair, transparent, and consistent.’
    • ‘The Government should be fair and consistent with its expectations and impositions.’
    • ‘He is consistent in the application of his brand of pragmatism.’
    • ‘There's consequences when the kids don't listen, they are firm and consistent.’
    • ‘It will enable the Board to judge performance transparently using consistent measures.’
    • ‘The new system made decisions more consistent but some badge holders were judged ineligible.’
    • ‘It is a stance we have been consistent on because we feel the country needs to have fair competition.’
    • ‘There is lobbying by some airlines for more consistent regulations, and a higher weight allowance for divers.’
    • ‘The problem is that the system is not being introduced in a consistent way.’
    • ‘You would be stupid to put any faith in our justice system to produce fair and effective judgements of a consistent basis.’
    1. 1.1Unchanging in nature, standard, or effect over time.
      ‘he is their most consistent player this season’
      • ‘the mixtures are of consistent quality’
      • ‘The camps are operated to a very high standard and the consistent quality of the entire operation has stood the test of time.’
      • ‘He was happy to see a local product conforming to the highest standards of quality and consistent supply.’
      • ‘He's been one of our most consistent players all season and we'll miss him.’
      • ‘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 won most of his headers and was probably one of our most consistent players this season.’
      • ‘He was the team's most consistent defensive player this season and a sure tackler.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The estimated effects were consistent across the various parts of the analysis.’
      • ‘These concentrations were chosen after preliminary experiments to be the lowest that showed consistent effects.’
      • ‘Any potentially consistent effect might have been underestimated.’
      • ‘The nurses' views were remarkably consistent and remained largely unchanged after feedback.’
      • ‘Each approach is internally consistent and effective, but different.’
      • ‘But much higher rates should come with more consistent service and better quality.’
      • ‘On opening night, he alone of the main players managed a consistent performance.’
      • ‘Perhaps the consistent quality of cultivated mushrooms has something to do with this.’
      • ‘One of the most important factors that relate to good quality of fruit is consistent watering.’
      • ‘The newspapers were judged on the consistent quality of the newspaper in that time frame.’
      • ‘He is a big lad and is a consistent player, good hands and a big kicker of the ball.’
      • ‘Not all his novels and short stories are of consistent quality.’
      steady, stable, constant, regular, even, uniform, orderly, unchanging, unvarying, unswerving, undeviating, unwavering, unfluctuating, homogeneous, true to type
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  • 2(of an argument or set of ideas) not containing any logical contradictions.

    ‘a consistent explanation’
    • ‘It will be clear to all, and we will have a consistent set of logic applying to it.’
    • ‘But can we gain from such images a consistent set of concepts which are relevant both to us and to the age itself?’
    • ‘This is not to say that Franklin's book is not guided by a consistent set of interests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It says that no consistent formal logical system can prove its own consistency.’
    • ‘As long as the extended number system is logically consistent, which it is, there is no harm in using it as a model.’
    • ‘These developments require a new set of geologically consistent ideas about how life began.’
    • ‘The least he could do is give voters a consistent idea of what he'd do differently and better.’
    • ‘There is no conjecture there - it is all supported, sequential, logical and consistent.’
    • ‘His argument is compelling and consistent, and it very rarely disappoints.’
    • ‘Rousseau was concerned with unity between the author and his work, but not in terms of consistent ideas.’
    • ‘Finally, science moves forward because scientists seek to develop logically consistent theories.’
    • ‘Both are narrative symphonic poems, but both are also consistent musical arguments.’
    • ‘The Society became concerned about the lack of a consistent explanation.’
    • ‘I look forward to any consistent and credible explanation of this matter.’
    • ‘The need for a consistent system of rules applies in law not only to the admissibility of evidence and how it is assessed.’
    • ‘As already implied, a theory can be clear, consistent, complete - and false.’
    • ‘Any theory put forward needed to be, or at least to claim to be, internally coherent and consistent in these respects.’
    • ‘What it needs is a much more powerful, consistent, and coherent political expression.’
    reasoned, well reasoned, rational, sound, cogent, well thought out, valid
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  • 3predicative 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.’
    • ‘It also noted that the reforms were consistent with regional agreements.’
    • ‘Many legal experts argue that the agreements are neither legal, nor consistent with the Treaty.’
    • ‘All of the correspondence thereafter is completely consistent with negotiations between the two sides.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obviously the content of the blog mustn't promote a lifestyle that is not consistent with Christianity.’
    • ‘This is not consistent with the spirit of the National Population Policy.’
    • ‘That struck me as very much consistent with the philosophy he put out earlier.’
    • ‘Is there a way to read these opinions as consistent with a principle?’
    • ‘But yes, the changes in personality are consistent with my feelings and thoughts.’
    • ‘The original number was 1,200 and he says that is consistent with what they promised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What both men were doing was consistent with their respective assumptions and goals.’
    • ‘This ruling doesn't seem to be consistent with what is already allowed to be printed and sold.’
    • ‘So the overall data is still consistent with a softening housing sector.’
    • ‘The investigative personnel allege that this is consistent with international practice.’
    • ‘It is also consistent with the growing prominence of gay and lesbian activism on campus.’
    • ‘If I were to give you a political position, of course it would be consistent with my personal position.’
    compatible, congruous, agreeing, accordant, consonant, in harmony, harmonious, in tune, in line, reconcilable, of a piece
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘consisting or composed of’): from Latin consistent- ‘standing firm or still, existing’, from the verb consistere (see consist).