Foods like puddings and gravies need to be the correct consistency — that is, the right thickness or texture — for the dish. It would not be good, for example, for gravy to have the consistency of cottage cheese.

The noun consistency also refers to uniformity or compatibility between things or parts. For example, you might need to check the consistency of spelling in a document or the consistency among eye-witness accounts of a crime. Consistency usually implies a positive sense of dependability. If you show consistency at the work place, your manager can depend on you.

Primary Meanings of consistency

a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
(logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another
Full Definitions of consistency

n a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts

the quality of being inconsistent and lacking a harmonious uniformity among things or parts
Type of:
uniformity, uniformness
the quality of lacking diversity or variation (even to the point of boredom)

n logical coherence and accordance with the facts

“a rambling argument that lacked any consistency
Type of:
coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness
the state of cohering or sticking together

n the property of holding together and retaining its shape

“when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake”
body, consistence, eubstance
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having the consistency of a gas
viscosity, viscousness
resistance of a liquid to shear forces (and hence to flow)
resistance to flow
a consistency of low viscosity
the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale
the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
the consistency of something that breaks under pressure
a consistency of something that does not break under pressure
porosity, porousness
the property of being porous; being able to absorb fluids
solidity, solidness
the consistency of a solid
bubbliness, effervescence, frothiness
the property of giving off bubbles
the property of being foamy
the property of sticking to a surface
a property resembling or being covered with slime
cohesiveness, glueyness, gluiness, gumminess, ropiness, tackiness, viscidity, viscidness
the property of being cohesive and sticky
gelatinousness, glutinosity, glutinousness
the property of having a viscosity like jelly
a property midway between a solid and a liquid
creaminess, soupiness
the property of having the thickness of heavy cream
fluidity, fluidness, liquidity, liquidness, runniness
the property of flowing easily
the property of resembling the viscosity of water
the property of being unyielding to the touch
compressibility, sponginess, squeezability
the property of being able to occupy less space
the property of being incompressible
downiness, featheriness, fluffiness
a light softness
flabbiness, flaccidity, limpness
a flabby softness
mushiness, pulpiness
a mushy pulpy softness
brittleness, crispiness, crispness
firm but easily broken
crumbliness, friability
excessive breakableness
the porosity of a sponge
permeability, permeableness
the property of something that can be pervaded by a liquid (as by osmosis or diffusion)
the consistency of a compact solid
impermeability, impermeableness
the property of something that cannot be pervaded by a liquid
Type of:
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another

Type of:
logicality, logicalness
correct and valid reasoning

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