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.

More examples

  • There has been a consistent increase in burglaries round here.
  • His performance on the pitch is far from consistent.
  • He produces work of a consistent high quality.

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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  • The figures are not consistent with his argument.
  • His remarks are not consistent with the role of a head teacher.
  • Her version of events is not consistent with the evidence.
adverb us uk /-li/


  • The company has consistently denied responsibility, but it agreed to the settlement to avoid the expense of lengthy litigation.
  • The Peugeot engine has consistently outperformed its rivals this season.
  • The company has consistently underrated the importance of a well-trained workforce.
  • In newspaper articles she consistently upbraided those in authority who overstepped their limits.
  • Yields on gas and electricity shares are consistently high.


The president has consistently denied the rumours.

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

"consistent" in American English

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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)