3. Want of stability or uniformity; unsteadiness; changeableness; variableness.
Mutability of temper, and inconsistency with ourselves, is the greatest weakness of human nature.Addison.
(In`con*sist"ent) a. [Pref. in- not + consistent: cf. F. inconsistant.]
1. Not consistent; showing inconsistency; irreconcilable; discordant; at variance, esp. as regards character,
sentiment, or action; incompatible; incongruous; contradictory.
Compositions of this nature . . . show that wisdom and virtue are far from being inconsistent with politeness
and good humor.Addison.
2. Not exhibiting uniformity of sentiment, steadiness to principle, etc.; unequal; fickle; changeable.
Ah, how unjust to nature, and himself,Young.
Is thoughtless, thankless, inconsistent man.
Syn. Incompatible; incongruous; irreconcilable; discordant; repugnant; contradictory. Inconsistent,
Incongruous, Incompatible. Things are incongruous when they are not suited to each other, so that
their union is unbecoming; inconsistent when they are opposed to each other, so as render it improper
or wrong; incompatible when they can not coexist, and it is therefore impossible to unite them. Habitual
levity of mind is incongruous with the profession of a clergyman; it is inconsistent with his ordination
vows; it is incompatible with his permanent usefulness. Incongruity attaches to the modes and qualities
of things; incompatibility attaches to their essential attributes; inconsistency attaches to the actions, sentiments,
etc., of men.
(In`con*sist"ent*ly) adv. In an inconsistent manner.
(In`con*sist"ent*ness), n. Inconsistency. [R.]
(In`con*sist"ing) a. Inconsistent. [Obs.]
(In`con*sol"a*ble) a. [L. inconsolabilis: cf. F. inconsolable. See In- not, and Console.]
Not consolable; incapable of being consoled; grieved beyond susceptibility of comfort; disconsolate. Dryden.
With inconsolable distress she griev'd,Falconer.
And from her cheek the rose of beauty fled.
In`con*sol"a*ble*ness, n. In`con*sol"a*bly, adv.
(In*con"so*nance In*con"so*nan*cy) n. Want of consonance or harmony of sound, action,
or thought; disagreement.
(In*con"so*nant) a. [L. inconsonans. See In- not, and Consonant.] Not consonant or
agreeing; inconsistent; discordant. In*con"so*nant*ly, adv.
(In`con*spic"u*ous) a. [L. inconspicuus. See In- not, and Conspicuous.] Not conspicuous
or noticeable; hardly discernible. In`con*spic"u*ous*ly, adv. In`con*spic"u*ous*ness, n. Boyle.
(In*con"stance) n. [F. See Inconstancy.] Inconstancy. Chaucer.
(In*con"stan*cy) n. [L. inconstantia.] The quality or state of being inconstant; want of
constancy; mutability; fickleness; variableness.
For unto knight there was no greater shame,Spenser.
Than lightness and inconstancie in love.
(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