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 Dictionary entry overview: What does consistent mean? 

CONSISTENT (adjective)
  The adjective CONSISTENT has 4 senses:

1. (sometimes followed by 'with') in agreement or consistent or reliable
2. capable of being reproduced
3. marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts
4. the same throughout in structure or composition

  Familiarity information: CONSISTENT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

CONSISTENT (adjective)

Sense 1consistent [BACK TO TOP]


(sometimes followed by 'with') in agreement or consistent or reliable

Context examples:

testimony consistent with the known facts / I have decided that the course of conduct which I am following is consistent with my sense of responsibility as president in time of war


unchanging (conforming to the same principles or course of action over time)

self-consistent (not self-contradictory)

reconciled (made compatible or consistent)

pursuant ((followed by 'to') in conformance to or agreement with)

accordant; agreeable; concordant; conformable; consonant (in keeping)


invariable (not liable to or capable of change)


inconsistent (displaying a lack of consistency)

Sense 2consistent [BACK TO TOP]


Capable of being reproduced


reproducible; consistent

Context example:

astonishingly reproducible results can be obtained


duplicable; duplicatable (capable of being duplicated)

Sense 3consistent [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts


coherent; consistent; logical; ordered; orderly

Context example:

a coherent argument


seamless (perfectly consistent and coherent)


logical (capable of or reflecting the capability for correct and valid reasoning)

rational (consistent with or based on or using reason)

Sense 4consistent [BACK TO TOP]


The same throughout in structure or composition


uniform; consistent

Context example:

bituminous coal is often treated as a consistent and homogeneous product


homogeneous; homogenous (all of the same or similar kind or nature)

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