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Consistency definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

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, etc.
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, etc.; 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.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the property of holding together and retaining its shape; "wool has more body than rayon"; "when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake" [syn: consistency, consistence, eubstance, body]
2: a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts [syn: consistency, consistence] [ant: inconsistency]
3: logical coherence and accordance with the facts; "a rambling argument that lacked any consistency"
4: (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Date: 1594 1. a. archaic condition of adhering together ; firmness of material substance b. firmness of constitution or character ; persistency 2. degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or resistance to movement or separation of constituent particles <boil the juice to the consistency of a thick syrup> 3. a. agreement or harmony of parts or features to one another or a whole ; correspondence; specifically ability to be asserted together without contradiction b. harmony of conduct or practice with profession <followed her own advice with consistency>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also consistence) (pl. -ies or -es) 1 the degree of density, firmness, or viscosity, esp. of thick liquids. 2 the state of being consistent; conformity with other or earlier attitudes, practice, etc. 3 the state or quality of holding or sticking together and retaining shape. Etymology: F consistence or LL consistentia (as consist)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Consistence Con*sist"ence, Consistency Con*sist"en*cy, n. [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, or spissitude. Let the expressed juices be boiled into the consistence of a sirup. --Arbuthnot.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Consistency is the quality or condition of being consistent. He scores goals with remarkable consistency... There's always a lack of consistency in matters of foreign policy. 2. The consistency of a substance is how thick or smooth it is. Dilute the paint with water until it is the consistency of milk... N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Consistence, degree of density. 2. Congruity, agreement, compatibility, conformableness, correspondence.

Moby Thesaurus

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