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Pronunciation:  `inkun'sistunsee

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  1. [n]  the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious uniformity among things or parts
  2. [n]  the relation between propositions that cannot both be true at the same time

INCONSISTENCY is a 13 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: incompatibility, mutual exclusiveness, repugnance
 Antonyms: consistence, consistency
 See Also: contradictoriness, nonuniformity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`con*sist"en*cy\, n.; 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. Want of stability or uniformity; unsteadiness;
   changeableness; variableness.

         Mutability of temper, and inconsistency with
         ourselves, is the greatest weakness of human nature.

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