Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfulness.
  • n. The condition or quality of being constant; changelessness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, etc.
  • n. An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being constant or steadfast; freedom from change; stability; fixedness; immutability.
  • n. Fixedness or firmness of mind; persevering resolution; especially, firmness of mind under sufferings, steadiness in attachments, or perseverance in enterprise; stability; fidelity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Fixedness; a standing firm; hence, immutability; unalterable continuance; a permanent state.
  • n. Fixedness or firmness of mind; persevering resolution; steady, unshaken determination; particularly, firmness of mind under sufferings, steadfastness in attachments, perseverance in enterprise, or stability in love or friendship.
  • n. Certainty; veracity; reality.
  • n. Synonyms Permanence; uniformity; regularity. Industry, Application, etc. (see assiduity); Faithfulness, Fidelity, etc. (see firmness), steadfastness, tenacity.
  • n. A constant job: as, “a constancy and good wages promised for a good workman,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. faithfulness and dependability in personal attachments (especially sexual fidelity)
  • n. (psychology) the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
  • n. the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation

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Examples

  • Such constancy is predicated upon the utter hopelessness of his love.

    Byron and Romantic Occidentalism

  • Returning to the inevitable unfolding of things is called constancy

    The Way of the Fertile Soul

  • The visual representation of constancy is found in the slowly animating photographic image of our male "stand in" for Blake, which in the first two stanzas is semi-transparently mapped onto the walls of London.

    William Blake and the Study of Virtual Space: Adapting 'The Crystal Cabinet' to a New Medium

  • The novel depicts this deeply seated constancy from the beginning to the end.

    Grazia Deledda: Voice of Sardinia

  • What they give me seems always of pure grace, and my friends have been very liberal in constancy and kindness to me, and therefore when I am inclined to desire other or more demonstration of regard than I receive from them, I always blame myself for a sort of presumptuous trespassing on the liberty of love which should, I think, be unquestioned.

    Further Records, 1848-1883: A Series of Letters

  • How many different conceptions are conveyed by the terms constancy and variability?

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • "I forget nothing, Marah Rocke; nor do I violate this sanctuary of sorrow" – here he sank his voice below his usual low tones – "when I speak of the passion that maddened my youth and withered my manhood – a passion whose intensity was its excuse for all extravagances and whose enduring constancy is its final, full justification!"

    The Hidden Hand

  • Whatever your roving fancies may say, there is a virtue in constancy which has a reward above all that fickle change can bestow, giving strength and purity to every affection of life, and even throwing additional grace about the flowers which bloom in our native fields.

    Rural Hours

  • And this some call constancy, greatness, and firmness of mind, and a kind of approach to unchangeableness; thus in effect clothing a devilish quality with a divine attribute.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

  • The design of the gospel is to engage us in constancy and perseverance in the service of God, by showing us how much depends upon our not drawing back, and by showing us how Christ loved us to the end, and thereby engaged us to love him to the end.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

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