from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being eccentrically variable or fickle.
- n. An instance of being eccentrically variable or fickle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Lack of constancy; lack of consistency in thought, emotion or action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being inconstant; lack of constancy; mutability; fickleness; variableness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of constancy in action, feeling, etc.; mutability or instability; unsteadiness; fickleness: as, the inconstancy of a flame, or of one's temper.
- n. Lack of sameness or uniformity; dissimilitude.
- n. Synonyms Changeableness, vacillation, wavering.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
- n. the quality of being changeable and variable
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Would you call it inconstancy on their part to seek it wherever it might be found?
Such people deserve no pity; for, after all, inconstancy is unpardonable.
The world, as it has been, is and will be constant in inconstancy; for
Moreover, his inconstancy is a proof of his rashness, because he is soon displeased with himself for what he has done.
A certain school of philosophy -- if we may give that name to the systematic neglect of reason -- has so immersed itself in the contemplation of this sort of inconstancy, which is indeed prevalent enough in the world, that it has mistaken it for a normal and necessary process.
It is the end of art to give the superior life of form to that which has it not; and finally, this superior life of form, this magic wand of style, rhythmic as verse and terse as science, by firmly establishing the thing it touches, withdraws it from that law of change, constant in its inconstancy, which is the miserable condition of existence.
She thinks, indeed, but little of anything except with reference to herself, and what gives her an air, and will give her a character, for inconstancy, that is in fact the mere result of seeking her own gratification alike in meeting or avoiding her connexions.
Hence the inconstancy which is opposed thereto is to be reckoned a daughter of lust.
The history of Monmouth would alone suffice to refute the Imputation of inconstancy which is so frequently thrown on the common people.
After much consideration he could derive this behaviour from nothing better than a capriciousness in his friend's temper, from a kind of inconstancy of mind, which makes men grow weary of their friends with no more reason than they often are of their mistresses.
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