Meaning of “consistent” in the English Dictionary

"consistent" in British English

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us uk /kənˈsɪs.tənt/

consistent adjective (NOT CHANGING)

C2 always behaving or happening in a similar, especially positive, way:

There has been a consistent improvement in her attitude.
Her work is sometimes good, but the problem is she's not consistent.

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consistent adjective (AGREEING)

C2 [ after verb ] in agreement with other facts or with typical or previous behaviour, or having the same principles as something else:

What the witness said in court was not consistent with the statement he made to the police.
We do not consider his behaviour to be consistent with the holding of a high-ranking job.

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adverb us uk /-li/



The president has consistently denied the rumours.

(Definition of “consistent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /kənˈsɪs·tənt/

consistent adjective (NOT VARYING)

always happening or behaving in a similar way:

The president has been remarkably consistent on economic issues.

consistent adjective (AGREEING)

agreeing with something said or done previously:

The witness’s story is consistent with the police report.

(Definition of “consistent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)