inconsistency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inconsistency the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious uniformity among things or parts
    • n inconsistency the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inconsistency 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!"
    • Inconsistency Lack of stability or uniformity; unsteadiness; changeableness; variableness. "Mutability of temper, and inconsistency with ourselves, is the greatest weakness of human nature."
    • Inconsistency 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inconsistency The quality of being inconsistent; want of consistency or agreement between ideas or actions; contradictory relation of parts or particulars; intrinsic opposition in fact or in principle; incongruity; contrariety; discrepancy.
    • n inconsistency A want of consistency in feeling, idea, or act; lack of agreement or uniformity in manifestation; incongruity.
    • n inconsistency Synonyms Incoherency, irreconcilability, discrepancy, contradictoriness. See incompatible.
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Quotations

  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
    Franklin%20P.%20Jones
    “Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.”
  • Zig Ziglar
    Zig%20Ziglar
    “You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    Marcus%20T.%20Cicero
    “No well-informed person ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind.”
  • Horatio Smith
    Horatio Smith
    “Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    Thomas%20Hardy
    “Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inconsistance,

Usage

In literature:

In the matter of jurisdiction the United States Supreme Court has been decidedly inconsistent.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
Inconsistent he certainly is.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
He had the selfishness of Livingston, the inconsistency of Spencer, the imperiousness of Root, and the ability of a statesman.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Jefferson's inconsistency, therefore, if inconsistency it were, brought him little discredit.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
It accounts for many inconsistencies in the mores.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
You can't, without gross inconsistency, start beating to windward against it.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The night after the debate, he gave Brougham a heavy fall, and exposed his glaring inconsistency and falseness.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
Would it not be inconsistent for a nation to commit suicide because a constitution is not made to meet an improbable contingency?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Maintain both, or deny both: I am consistent; you are inconsistent.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
Up to this time, no inconsistencies disgraced him.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
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In poetry:

O, inconsistent teacher,
He’d knowledge give away;
Fill head and heart, from tome of art,
Then take me for his pay.
"To Sanson (05)" by Madge Morris Wagner
Blush, Christian, blush! for e'en the dark
Untutored heathen see
Thy inconsistency, and lo!
They scorn thy God, and thee!
"The Slave-Auction--A Fact" by Anonymous Americas
Just flies and smiles; beguiles and tries
To lead all 'neath the sunny skies,
With windy inconsistencies
Off the Isles of Peace.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
An eye where love with laughter twinkles,
And songs on kisses still insistent,
Blended with graying hair and wrinkles,
To you, my child, seem inconsistent?
"Anacreon's Apology" by Gamaliel Bradford
Alas! poor human nature's inconsistence,
Up to God's house we go, that we be fed;
And there, as beggars begging for assistance,
Say "Give us, Lord, this day our daily bread."
"Servants" by Nora Pembroke
'Sir Student,' quoth the maiden, 'you are really quite intense,
And I ever of this honour shall retain the highest sense;
But forgive me, if I venture'--faintly blushing thus she spoke--
'Is not true love inconsistent with tobacco's mundane smoke?'
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling

In news:

Unfortunately for Delaware, Hurley has also been frustratingly inconsistent .
One area that's been inconsistent all season and a serious trouble spot the past two weeks is special teams.
The inexperienced backs have been inconsistent .
Investigation's report of Drug Recognition Evaluator program exposes inconsistency , confusion.
Titans pick bad time to confront injury, inconsistency up front.
That consistent result is a product of inconsistent play.
Keith Price has been among the inconsistent and a victim of unsteady play.
Although several factors play into the inconsistent point production, DeBusk believes the wide receiver position continues to be one of the main areas of concern.
Hills' inconsistency remains an issue for Terps.
"The experience part and the inconsistent part that I talked about all year long, when you see us in a series like what happened in Houston, I think we went right back to it," Manuel said before the game Thursday.
Flinn cites inconsistency in Cohen touting bill for Memphis airport.
Maize-N-Brew: Inconsistency could hurt Denard Robinson's legacy at Michigan.
Charged with inconsistency , Romney points to his marriage.
Ultimately, Haynesworth's career with Pats was marked by inconsistency .
Mike London attributes Cam Johnson's inconsistency in part to sickle cell trait.
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In science:

Lemma 4 If A ⊆ B and A is inconsistent, so is B .
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
Lemma 5 There is only one inconsistent theory, namely L.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
If A is inconsistent, then, by Lemma 4, there is no consistent theory that includes A and, by Lemma 7, Cn(A) = L.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
When the bias (and methods to control it) of the dispersion minimization algorithm is well known, its possible internal inconsistency is certainly a new aspect of the method and should be seriously considered.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
First we shortly review the problem of the bias introduced by the method and then turn to the problem of inconsistency.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
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