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Webster 1913 Edition


Consistency

{

Con-sist′ence

,

Con-sist′en-cy

}
,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
consistance
.]
1.
The condition of standing or adhering together, or being fixed in union, as the parts of a body; existence; firmness; coherence; solidity.
Water, being divided, maketh many circles, till it restore itself to the natural
consistence
.
Bacon.
We are as water, weak, and of no
consistence
.
Jer. Taylor.
The same form, substance, and
consistency
.
T. Burnet.
2.
A degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or spissitude; a measure of the ability to hold together when manipulated.

Syn. – body.
Let the expressed juices be boiled into the
consistence
of a sirup.
Arbuthnot.
3.
That which stands together as a united whole; a combination.
The church of God, as meaning the whole
consistence
of orders and members.
Milton.
4.
Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting
consistency
.
South.
5.
Agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different times; the harmony of conduct with profession; congruity; correspondence;
as, the
consistency
of laws, regulations, or judicial decisions;
consistency
of opinions;
consistency
of conduct or of character
.
That
consistency
of behavior whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just.
Addison.
Consistency
, thou art a jewel.
Popular Saying.

Webster 1828 Edition


Consistency

CONSISTENCE

, CONSISTENCY,
Noun.
1.
A standing together; a being fixed in union, as the parts of a body; that state of a body, in which its component parts remain fixed.
The consistency of bodies is divers; dense, rare, tangible, pneumatical, volatile, &c.
2.
A degree of density or spissitude, but indefinite.
Let the juices or liquor be boiled into the consistency of syrup.
3.
Substance; make; firmness of constitution; as, friendship of a lasting consistency; resolutions of durable consistence.
4.
A standing together, as the parts of a system, or of conduct, &c.; agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different times; congruity; uniformity; as the consistency of laws, regulations or judicial decisions; consistency of opinion; consistency of behavior or of character.
There is harmony and consistency in all Gods works.
5.
A standing; a state of rest, in which things capable of growth or decrease, remain for a time at a stand.

Definition 2022


consistency

consistency

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Noun

consistency (plural consistencies)

  1. Local coherence.
  2. Correspondence or compatibility.
  3. Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.
    • Addison
      That consistency of behaviour whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just.
    They want to achieve a high degree of consistency in their process and their product.
  4. The degree of viscosity of something.
    Mix it until it has the consistency of a thick paste.
  5. (logic) Freedom from contradiction; the state of a system of axioms such that none of the propositions deduced from them are mutually contradictory.
  6. (obsolete) Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
    • South
      His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting consistency.

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