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



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənsi//
    [uncountable, countable] (pl. inconsistencies)
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  1. 1inconsistency (with something) | inconsistency (between A and B) if there is inconsistency between two statements, etc, they cannot both be true because they give the facts in a different way There is some inconsistency between the witnesses' evidence and their earlier statements.
  2. 2the fact of not matching a set of standards, ideas, etc. I noticed a few minor inconsistencies in her argument.
  3. 3(disapproving) the tendency to change too often and not stay the same Farmed salmon avoids the inconsistency of ocean fish. opposite consistency (1)