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INCONSISTENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inconsistent mean? 

INCONSISTENT (adjective)
  The adjective INCONSISTENT has 3 senses:

1. displaying a lack of consistency
2. not capable of being made consistent or harmonious
3. not in agreement

  Familiarity information: INCONSISTENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INCONSISTENT (adjective)


Sense 1inconsistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Displaying a lack of consistency

Context examples:

inconsistent statements cannot both be true at the same time / inconsistent with the roadmap

Similar:

at odds; conflicting; contradictory; self-contradictory (in disagreement)

discrepant; incompatible (not compatible with other facts)

scratchy; spotty; uneven (lacking consistency)

unconformable (not correspondent)

unreconciled (not made consistent or compatible)

Also:

variable (liable to or capable of change)

Antonym:

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


Sense 2inconsistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not capable of being made consistent or harmonious

Context example:

inconsistent accounts

Similar:

irreconcilable; unreconcilable (impossible to reconcile)


Sense 3inconsistent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in agreement

Synonyms:

discrepant; inconsistent

Similar:

incongruous (lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness)


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