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"inconsistent" in British English

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inconsistentadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪn.kənˈsɪs.tənt/
  • inconsistent adjective (NOT AGREEING)

If a ​reason, ​idea, ​opinion, etc. is inconsistent, different ​parts of it do not ​agree, or it does not ​agree with something ​else: These ​findings are inconsistent with those of ​previousstudies.
inconsistently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
inconsistency
noun [C or U] uk   us   /-tən.si/
There are a few inconsistencies in what you've written. Logan ​showed his inconsistency in ​missinghalf his ​kicks.
(Definition of inconsistent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"inconsistent" in American English

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inconsistentadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·kənˈsɪs·tənt/
  • inconsistent adjective (NOT AGREEING)

(of an ​argument or ​opinion) ​containingelements that are ​opposed and do not ​match, so that it is ​difficult to ​imagine how both can be ​true: These ​findings are inconsistent with those of ​previousstudies.
  • inconsistent adjective (CHANGEABLE)

disapproving changing in ​character; not ​staying the same: The team’s ​play is inconsistent – ​winning one ​day and ​losing the next.
(Definition of inconsistent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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