Consistence Con*sist"ence, Consistency Con*sist"en*cy, n. [Cf. F. consistance.] 1. The condition of standing or adhering together, or being fixed in union, as the parts of a body; existence; firmness; coherence; solidity. [1913 Webster]

Water, being divided, maketh many circles, till it restore itself to the natural consistence. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

We are as water, weak, and of no consistence. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The same form, substance, and consistency. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

2. A degree of firmness, density, viscosity, or spissitude; a measure of the ability to hold together when manipulated.

Syn: body. [1913 Webster]

Let the expressed juices be boiled into the consistence of a sirup. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

3. That which stands together as a united whole; a combination. [1913 Webster]

The church of God, as meaning the whole consistence of orders and members. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency. [1913 Webster]

His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting consistency. --South. [1913 Webster]

5. Agreement or harmony of all parts of a complex thing among themselves, or of the same thing with itself at different times; the harmony of conduct with profession; congruity; correspondence; as, the consistency of laws, regulations, or judicial decisions; consistency of opinions; consistency of conduct or of character. [1913 Webster]

That consistency of behavior whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Consistency, thou art a jewel. --Popular Saying. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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