Inconsistency
Inconsistency In`con*sist"en*cy, n.; pl. {Inconsistencies}. [Cf. F. inconsistance.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

There is a perfect inconsistency between that which is of debt and that which is of free gift. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. Absurdity in argument ore narration; incoherence or irreconcilability in the parts of a statement, argument, or narration; that which is inconsistent. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Lack of stability or uniformity; unsteadiness; changeableness; variableness. [1913 Webster]

Mutability of temper, and inconsistency with ourselves, is the greatest weakness of human nature. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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