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.

Definitions of consistency
  1. noun
    a harmonious uniformity or agreement among things or parts
    synonyms: consistence
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    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)
  2. noun
    logical coherence and accordance with the facts
    “a rambling argument that lacked any consistency
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    coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness
    the state of cohering or sticking together
  3. noun
    the property of holding together and retaining its shape
    “when the dough has enough consistency it is ready to bake”
    synonyms: 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
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    a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
  4. noun
    (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another
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    logicality, logicalness
    correct and valid reasoning
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