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  • n. Obsolete form of inconstancy.
  • n. The unconstancy of the foundation. — Fuller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inconstancy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inconstancy.


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  • The eternity, invariableness, and divine origin of the former have been displayed to the best advantage: The blindness, unconstancy, and deceitfulness of the latter have been as strongly insisted on.

    A Treatise of Human Nature

  • A second may bee, because hee that promisd, repents of his promise made; and that is grounded on unconstancy, and lightness in that he would not be well resolved before he entred into covenant.

    Machiavelli, Volume I

  • So it seemeth men doubt lest time is become past children and generation; wherein contrariwise we see commonly the levity and unconstancy of men's judgments, which, till a matter be done, wonder that it can be done; and as soon as it is done, wonder again that it was no sooner done: as we see in the expedition of Alexander into Asia, which at first was prejudged as a vast and impossible enterprise; and yet afterwards it pleaseth Livy to make no more of it than this, Nil aliud quam bene ausus vana contemnere.

    The Advancement of Learning


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