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  • 1The quality of being faithful and dependable.

    ‘she did not think much of married bliss, yet she approved of constancy’
    • ‘Faithfulness, dedication, constancy and humility are some of the virtues needed to pray well.’
    • ‘Yet, despite such constancy and faithfulness on God's part, humanity has not responded with the same love toward him.’
    • ‘I've learned that it's unwise to depend entirely upon the constancy of man.’
    • ‘With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration of myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.’
    • ‘That generation's flaws only served to highlight her constancy and dedication.’
    • ‘Of course, he does not remain faithful to all of the principles contained therein, however much he repeatedly emphasizes his trueness and constancy, but the essential goals remain the same.’
    • ‘The need to respond to good with good, to generosity with generosity, constancy in her affections, patience and love of work are qualities that have been with Lena since childhood.’
    • ‘Shakespeare did not think of constancy as a psychosexual characteristic allied to masochism, but rather as an earthly manifestation of divine love, which is beyond gender.’
    • ‘For example, the development and maintenance of a significant relationship over time requires constancy or commitment.’
    • ‘In my view he is less a figure of his age than one above it, characterized by his constancy and the ritual repetition of certain themes.’
    • ‘By the end of the play, the very qualities he considers to be virtuous - sacrificial piety, constancy, and militarism - are those that lead to tragedy.’
    • ‘The emotions they played on were consonant, at least implicitly, with ideas of spirituality and constancy, of emptiness and isolation.’
    • ‘And when she does, your constancy will have its just reward.’
    • ‘From a dog you get stolid clear-eyed constancy: we belong together and that's how it is.’
    • ‘In the sphere of parenting, the important values are affection, constancy, appreciation and love for its own sake.’
    • ‘Her readiness to drop everything for him offered constancy to a man prone to bouts of introspection and feelings of inadequacy.’
    • ‘I also admire his constancy and how though I might not agree with him he sticks to his guns.’
    • ‘They worship with great vigor and devotion, with unstinting regularity and constancy.’
    fidelity, faithfulness, loyalty, trueness, commitment, dedication, devotion
    steadfastness, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, fixedness, steadiness
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    1. 1.1The quality of being enduring and unchanging.
      ‘the trade winds are noted for constancy in speed and direction’
      • ‘Given the assumed constancy of the speed of light, the calculations required to show that result are quite simple.’
      • ‘Traditionally associated with durability and constancy, here the vivid green pre-patinated copper is intended to make a bolder statement.’
      • ‘The theory of relativity hinges on the constancy of the speed of light.’
      • ‘In order to account for the constancy of the speed of light, Einstein had to accept that moving clocks run more slowly than stationary clocks and that moving objects shrink in the direction of their motion.’
      • ‘No single measure of evenness remains constant over all statistical distributions, so if constancy as a type of independence is required, the appropriate distribution must first be determined.’
      • ‘This approximate constancy suggests that mature cell length may be regulated to fall within a preferred range.’
      • ‘Because it seems to me there has to be a constancy and consistency in the agricultural policy.’
      • ‘Neither do monetary policy measures publicized under the heading of stabilization imply a constancy of purchasing power.’
      • ‘Words traverse the page with the constancy and steadiness of footsteps.’
      • ‘In short, the second type of scrutiny, which is very essential in the criticism of traditions, relates to the constancy and perpetuity of the chain of narrators.’
      • ‘They refer to these processes as ‘dissipative structures’, where a constancy of change enables the persistence of the structure itself.’
      • ‘The regulation of body fluid and the constancy of the internal environment is the primary role of the kidneys.’
      • ‘Hormonal mechanisms normally maintain a near-constant concentration of free calcium, but the constancy depends also on that of the pH (relative acidity/alkalinity) of the blood.’
      • ‘It also depends on the constancy of its rate; meaning, that a watch gains or loses the exact same amount of time each day.’
      • ‘His view was based on the fact that the capital value of a let investment was dependent upon the expectation and constancy of a net rental income, adjusted for landlord's liabilities (if any).’
      • ‘Its stability does not, therefore, depend on the presence of developmental constraints or constancy of the environment in which the organisms live.’
      • ‘The quality of the songs across the album is even, lending strength to the album's constancy, but there are standouts.’
      • ‘For we must now take into account an exceptionally plastic evolutionary overlay which yields a constantly moving target, an extended cognitive architecture whose constancy lies mainly in its continual openness to change.’
      • ‘The only controls that can be employed in these studies are the use of valid research instruments, constancy of condition, and accurate conceptual and operational definitions of the research variables.’
      • ‘I think it's hard to imagine that a part of human nature isn't to actually seek some sort of sense and order, some sense of constancy in our world which otherwise becomes unworkable if it's totally unpredictable and unknowable.’
      consistency, permanence, persistence
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/ˈkänstnsē/ /ˈkɑnstnsi/


Late 15th century from Latin constantia, from constant- ‘standing firm’ (see constant).