Definition of consistent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈsɪstənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈsɪstənt//
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  1. 1(approving) always behaving in the same way, or having the same opinions, standards, etc. She's not very consistent in the way she treats her children. He has been Milan's most consistent (= most consistently good) player this season. We must be consistent in applying the rules. a consistent approach to the problem
  2. 2happening in the same way and continuing for a period of time the party’s consistent failure to come up with any new policies a pattern of consistent growth in the economy
  3. 3consistent with something in agreement with something; not contradicting something The results are entirely consistent with our earlier research. injuries consistent with a fall from an upper storey (= similar to those such a fall would have caused)
  4. 4(of an argument or a set of ideas) having different parts that all agree with each other a well-thought-out and consistent argument
  5. opposite inconsistent
    Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘consisting or composed of’): from Latin consistent- ‘standing firm or still, existing’, from the verb consistere, from con- ‘together’ + sistere ‘stand (still)’.Extra examples Each generation becomes ever more consistent in its thinking. His argument is not even internally consistent. His attitude isn’t absolutely consistent. It is desirable that domestic and EU law should be mutually consistent. Our results are generally consistent with the results of other analyses. The figures are fully consistent with last year’s results. The pattern is strikingly consistent in the four samples. The percentage of personal income paid in taxes stayed fairly consistent across various income levels. The portrait of Powell in the book is pretty consistent with what everybody knows. The results of this study are surprisingly consistent with previous estimates. These findings appear consistent across racial and ethnic groups. These findings are consistent across all the studies. These findings were statistically consistent among studies. These results were consistent between genders, and regardless of age and parent education level. This is relatively consistent across all age groups. There has been a pattern of consistent growth in the economy. We have had enough of the party’s consistent failure to come up with any new policies.
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