Definition of consistency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪstənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪstənsi//
    (pl. consistencies)
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  1. 1[uncountable] (approving) the quality of always behaving in the same way or of having the same opinions, standard, etc.; the quality of being consistent She has played with great consistency all season. We need to ensure the consistency of service to our customers. opposite inconsistency
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the consistency of a mixture or a liquid substance is how thick, smooth, etc. it is Beat the ingredients together to a creamy consistency. The cement should have the consistency of wet sand. CollocationsRestaurantsEating out eat (lunch/​dinner)/dine/​meet at/​in a restaurant go (out)/take somebody (out) for lunch/​dinner/​a meal have a meal with somebody make/​have a reservation (in/​under the name of Yamada) reserve/ (especially British English) book a table for six ask for/​request a table for two/​a table by the windowIn the restaurant wait to be seated show somebody to their table sit in the corner/​by the window/​at the bar/​at the counter hand somebody/​give somebody the menu/​wine list open/​read/​study/​peruse the menu the restaurant has a three-course set menu/​a children’s menu/​an extensive wine list taste/​sample/​try the wine the waiter takes your order order/​choose/​have the soup of the day/​one of the specials/​the house (British English) speciality/(especially North American English) specialty serve/​finish the first course/​the starter/​the main course/​dessert/​coffee complain about the food/​the service/​your meal enjoy your mealPaying pay/​ask for (especially British English) the bill/(North American English) the check pay for/​treat somebody to dinner/​lunch/​the meal service is (not) included give somebody/​leave (somebody) a tip
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (denoting permanence of form): from late Latin consistentia, from consistent- ‘standing firm’ from consistere ‘stand firm or still, exist’, from con- ‘together’ + sistere ‘stand (still)’.Extra examples Add milk to produce a soft dropping consistency. He has shown remarkable consistency in his exam results. He needs to have better consistency throwing downfield. How do you give a sense of thematic consistency to a body of work? Intellectual consistency is the hallmark of a fine legal mind. Knead the dough to the right consistency. Romero needs to improve his consistency by throwing more first-pitch strikes. The mixture should have the consistency of thick cream. The soil is baked to a rock-like consistency. The songs on the album have an overall consistency of approach. The team must find consistency in its game. a consistency in/​of approach a fudgy concoction with a rather runny consistency an electoral system that provides no consistency in how votes are counted to maintain consistency with past practice
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