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Definition of inconsistent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not usually before noun] inconsistent (with something) if two statements, etc. are inconsistent, or one is inconsistent with the other, they cannot both be true because they give the facts in a different way The report is inconsistent with the financial statements. The witnesses' statements were inconsistent.
  2. 2inconsistent with something not matching a set of standards, ideas, etc. Her behavior was clearly inconsistent with her beliefs.
  3. 3 (disapproving) tending to change too often; not staying the same inconsistent results Children find it confusing if a parent is inconsistent. opposite consistent
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noun (pl. inconsistencies) [uncountable, countable] There is some inconsistency between the witnesses' evidence and their earlier statements. I noticed a few minor inconsistencies in her argument.
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See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: inconsistent