- not in agreement, harmony, or accord; incompatible: acts inconsistent with belief
- not uniform; self-contradictory: inconsistent testimony
- not always holding to the same principles or practice; changeable
When one scientist does an experiment and gets one result and the other does it and gets a contrary result, this is an example of a situation where the results are inconsistent.
- Displaying or marked by a lack of consistency, especially:a. Not regular or predictable; erratic: inconsistent behavior.b. Lacking in correct logical relation; contradictory: inconsistent statements.c. Not in agreement or harmony; incompatible: an intersection inconsistent with the road map.
- Mathematics Not solvable for the unknowns by the same set of values. Used of two or more equations or inequalities.
(comparative more inconsistent, superlative most inconsistent)
- not consistent
- But the section betrays inconsistent conceptions.
- All the impossible orders inconsistent with the course of events remain unexecuted.
- There are awkward gaps in his narrative and statements inconsistent with each other.
- It contained many and terrible truths as to the royal refusal to sanction the decrees and as to the king's position in the state; but it was inconsistent with a minister's position, disrespectful if not insolent in tone.
- To not a few it would seem a contradiction to speak of nobility or aristocracy in a republic. Yet, though many republics have eschewed nobility, there is nothing in a republican, or even in a democratic, form of government inconsistent with the existence of nobility; and it is only in a republic that aristocracy, in the strict sense of the word, can exist.