Inconstant
Inconstant In*con"stant, a. [L. inconstans: cf. F. inconstant. See {In-} not, and {Constant}.] Not constant; not stable or uniform; subject to change of character, appearance, opinion, inclination, or purpose, etc.; not firm; unsteady; fickle; changeable; variable; -- said of persons or things; as, inconstant in love or friendship. ``The inconstant moon.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

While we, inquiring phantoms of a day, Inconstant as the shadows we survey! --Boyse.

Syn: Mutable; fickle; volatile; unsteady; unstable; changeable; variable; wavering; fluctuating. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • inconstant — inconstant, ante [ ɛ̃kɔ̃stɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1265; lat. inconstans 1 ♦ Vieilli ou littér. Qui n est pas constant, change facilement (d opinion, de sentiment, de conduite). ⇒ changeant, instable, léger, versatile. Inconstant dans ses idées, dans ses …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inconstant — inconstant, ante (in kon stan, stan t ) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas constant, qui est sujet à changer, en parlant des personnes. •   Mais que sert un bon choix dans une âme inconstante, CORN. Sophon, IV, 2. •   Ne vous assurez point sur ce coeur… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • inconstant — INCONSTÁNT, Ă, inconstanţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni şi manifestările lor) Care nu este constant; schimbător, nestatornic, instabil, uşuratic. – Din fr. inconstant. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  Inconstant ≠ constant, nelabil,… …   Dicționar Român

  • inconstant — Inconstant, [inconst]ante. adj. Volage, qui est sujet à changer. Homme inconstant. femme inconstante. esprit inconstant, inconstant en ses resolutions, en ses desseins, en ses amitiez. Prince inconstant en ses alliances, inconstant en amour. Il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • inconstant — inconstant, fickle, capricious, mercurial, unstable mean lacking or showing lack of firmness or steadiness in purpose, attachment, or devotion. Inconstant, usually applied to persons though sometimes to things, suggests an inherent or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inconstant — [in kän′stənt] adj. [OFr < L inconstans] not constant; changeable; specif., a) not remaining firm in mind or purpose b) unsteady in affections or loyalties; fickle c) not uniform in nature, value, etc.; irregular; variable inconstancy n.… …   English World dictionary

  • inconstant — (adj.) c.1400, fickle, not steadfast, from M.Fr. inconstant (late 14c.), from L. inconstantem (nom. inconstans) changeable, fickle, capricious, from in not, opposite of, without (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + constantem (see CONSTANT (Cf. constant)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inconstant — index broken (interrupted), capricious, desultory, faithless, false (disloyal), inconsistent …   Law dictionary

  • inconstant — [adj] changeable capricious, changeful, erratic, fickle, flickering, fluctuating, impulsive, inconsistent, intermittent, irregular, irresolute, mercurial, shifting, uncertain, undependable, unreliable, unsettled, unstable, vacillating, variable,… …   New thesaurus

  • inconstant — et volage, Homo instabilis, Volaticus, Mobilis, Leuis, Inconstans, Desultorius …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”