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



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkənˈsɪstənt//
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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 behaviour was clearly inconsistent with her beliefs.
  3. 3(disapproving) tending to change too often; not staying the same inconsistent results Children find it difficult if a parent is inconsistent. opposite consistent
  4. Extra examples His statement was inconsistent with other accounts of the events. The company is inconsistent in the way it disciplines staff. The team’s offense has been maddeningly inconsistent. The two accounts are mutually inconsistent. Her argument in internally inconsistent. The tests gave inconsistent results. The witnesses’ statements were inconsistent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inconsistent