Definitions

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

  • adjective In agreement; compatible.
  • adjective Being in agreement with itself; coherent and uniform.
  • adjective Reliable; steady.
  • adjective Mathematics Having at least one common solution, as of two or more equations or inequalities.
  • adjective Holding true as a group; not contradictory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Fixed; firm; solid: as, the consistent parts of a body, distinguished from the fluid.
  • Standing together or in agreement; compatible; congruous; uniform; not contradictory or opposed: as. two opinions or schemes are consistent; a law is consistent with justice and humanity.
  • Characterized by consistency or harmony; not self-opposed or self-contradictory: as, a consistent life.
  • Composed; made up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Possessing firmness or fixedness; firm; hard; solid.
  • adjective Having agreement with itself or with something else; having harmony among its parts; possesing unity; accordant; harmonious; congruous; compatible; uniform; not contradictory.
  • adjective Living or acting in conformity with one's belief or professions.

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

  • adjective of a regularly occurring, dependable nature
  • adjective logic Of a set of statements, such that no contradiction logically follows from them.
  • noun plural Objects or facts that are coexistent, or in agreement with one another.
  • noun In the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church, a kind of penitent who was allowed to assist at prayers, but could not be admitted to receive the holy sacrament.

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

  • adjective (sometimes followed by `with') in agreement or consistent or reliable
  • adjective capable of being reproduced
  • adjective the same throughout in structure or composition
  • adjective marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts

Etymologies

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

[Latin cōnsistēns, cōnsistent-, present participle of cōnsistere, to stand still; see consist.]

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