Con·sist·ence Con·sist·en·cy, n.
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.
n 1: the property of holding together and retaining its shape;
"when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to
bake" [syn: consistence, body]
2: a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
[syn: 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