Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Agreement or logical coherence among things or parts.
  • noun Correspondence among related aspects; compatibility.
  • noun Reliability or uniformity of successive results or events.
  • noun Degree of density, firmness, or viscosity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun local coherence
  • noun correspondence or compatibility
  • noun reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent
  • noun the degree of viscosity of something
  • noun logic Freedom from contradiction; the state of a system of axioms such that none of the propositions deduced from them are mutually contradictory

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

  • noun the property of holding together and retaining its shape
  • noun logical coherence and accordance with the facts
  • noun (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another
  • noun a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts

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Examples

  • It tastes almost like pastry cream, but the consistency is almost identical to Swiss meringue buttercream!

    Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes w/ Boiled Buttercream Frosting

  • Of course, I suspect that their consistency is the result of being deluded enough to fail to understand the way the rest of the nation views SS rather than any intellectual integrity.

    Think Progress » Tea party leaders say they would ‘absolutely’ abolish Social Security.

  • It tastes almost like pastry cream, but the consistency is almost identical to Swiss meringue buttercream!

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • Like her husband, she could see no point in consistency, which is the very mortar of society.

    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IV

  • Like her husband, she could see no point in consistency, which is the very mortar of society.

    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: Part IV

  • Bradshaw could have adhered to it, without any other reason than the maintenance of what he called consistency, but which was in fact doggedness.

    Ruth

  • White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday expressed concerns the bill could cause what he called "consistency issues" with the nation's international commitments.

    NPR Topics: News

  • White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday expressed concerns the bill could cause what he called "consistency issues" with the nation's international commitments.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Let me repeat for the record, our experience with S.O.S.E. has been flawless both in consistency and timeliness of its response to our tripped home alarm since the system was installed.

    S.O.S.E. Security - Chapala

  • Tagged with consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, health care, John Boehner, morally odious morons, politics, Republicans

    Laugh to Keep from Crying « Gerry Canavan

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  • "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day."

    – Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance", Essays and Lectures (New York: Library of America, 1983), 265.

    July 16, 2011