2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Inconsistency \In'con*sist"en*cy\, noun; pl. {Inconsistencies}. [Cf. F. inconsistance.]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time [syn: {incompatibility}, {mutual exclusiveness}, {inconsistency}, {repugnance}]

2: the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious uniformity among things or parts [ant: {consistence}, {consistency}]

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