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Webster 1913 Edition


Consistent

Con-sist′ent

,
Adj.
[L.
consistens
, p. pr.: cf. F.
consistant
.]
1.
Possessing firmness or fixedness; firm; hard; solid.
The humoral and
consistent
parts of the body.
Harvey.
2.
Having agreement with itself or with something else; having harmony among its parts; possesing unity; accordant; harmonious; congruous; compatible; uniform; not contradictory.
Show me one that has it in his power
To act
consistent
with himself an hour.
Pope.
With reference to such a lord, to serve and to be free are terms not
consistent
only, but equivalent.
South.
3.
Living or acting in conformity with one’s belief or professions.
It was utterly to be at once a
consistent
Quaker and a conspirator.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Consistent

CONSISTENT

,
Adj.
[L. See Consist.]
1.
Fixed; firm; not fluid; as the consistent parts of a body, distinguished from the fluid.
2.
Standing together or in agreement; compatible; congruous; uniform; not contradictory or opposed; as, two opinions or schemes are consistent; let a man be consistent with himself; the law is consistent with justice and policy.
So two consistent motions act the soul

Definition 2023


consistent

consistent

English

Adjective

consistent (comparative more consistent, superlative most consistent)

  1. Of a regularly occurring, dependable nature.
    The consistent use of Chinglish in China can be very annoying, apart from some initial amusement.
    He is very consistent in his political choices: economy good or bad, he always votes Labour!
  2. Compatible, accordant.
    • 2012 January 1, Steven Sloman, “The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 1, page 74:
      Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.
  3. (logic) Of a set of statements, such that no contradiction logically follows from them.

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Translations

Noun

consistent (plural consistents)

  1. (in the plural, rare) Objects or facts that are coexistent, or in agreement with one another.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      The Diurnal motion of the primum mobile, is it not from East to West? And the annual motion of the Sun through the Ecliptick, is it not on the contrary from West to East? How then can you make these motions being conferred on the Earth ... to become consistents?
  2. 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.
    • 1885 Catholic Dictionary 651
      The consistentes stand together with the faithful, and do not go out with the catechumens.

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Catalan

Adjective

consistent m, f (masculine and feminine plural consistents)

  1. consistent

Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Adjective

consistent (comparative consistenter, superlative consistentst)

  1. consistent

Inflection

Inflection of consistent
uninflected consistent
inflected consistente
comparative consistenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial consistent consistenter het consistentst
het consistentste
indefinite m./f. sing. consistente consistentere consistentste
n. sing. consistent consistenter consistentste
plural consistente consistentere consistentste
definite consistente consistentere consistentste
partitive consistents consistenters

French

Verb

consistent

  1. third-person plural present indicative of consister
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of consister

Latin

Verb

consistent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of consistō