In·con·sist·en·cy n.; pl. Inconsistencies
1. The quality or state of being inconsistent; discordance in respect to sentiment or action; such contrariety between two things that both can not exist or be true together; disagreement; incompatibility.
There is a perfect inconsistency between that which is of debt and that which is of free gift. --South.
2. Absurdity in argument ore narration; incoherence or irreconcilability in the parts of a statement, argument, or narration; that which is inconsistent.
If a man would register all his opinions upon love, politics, religion, and learning, what a bundle of inconsistencies and contradictions would appear at last! --Swift.
3. Lack of stability or uniformity; unsteadiness; changeableness; variableness.
Mutability of temper, and inconsistency with ourselves, is the greatest weakness of human nature. --Addison.
n 1: the relation between propositions that cannot both be true
at the same time [syn: incompatibility, mutual
2: the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious
uniformity among things or parts [ant: consistency]