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1  —as in:
consonant or vowel?
Definition a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
  • It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She stresses the last consonants or her words.
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
  • Consonants tend to be voiced in a higher pitch and in lower intensity than vowels, so they are harder to hear.
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
  • A special spot-wavex-scrambler also caused his televised image, in the area immediately about his lips, to mouth the vowels and consonants beautifully.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
  • Only an insane contortion of spelling could portray his lyric whine, his mangled consonants.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
  • They listen to a tape of consonant sounds, and then practice what they hear for ten minutes.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • consonant = a speech sound that is not a vowel
  • Sometimes 'y' is a vowel and sometimes it's a consonant.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • consonant = a letter of the alphabet that is not a vowel
  • He had not even remembered that it was low-pitched, with a faint roughness on the consonants.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
  • As if I ever stop thinking about the girl and her confounded vowels and consonants.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
  • Prolix, quartz, quandary, slyph, rhythm, all the old tricks with consonants I could dream up or remember.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels

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2  —as in:
in consonance with
Definition in keeping with (or consistent with, or in harmony with)
  • Her thinking is not consonant with the deeply held beliefs of those who elected her.
consonant = in keeping with
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • People tend to rationalize their actions to make them consonant with their beliefs of what is good.
  • consonant = consistent (in agreement with)
  • We need a budget that is consonant with our long-term national interest.
  • consonant = in keeping with
  • "There was a marked tendency for any picture or story to gravitate in memory toward what was familiar to the subject in his own life, consonant with his own culture, and above all, to what had some special emotional significance for him," Allpon writes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • consonant = in keeping
  • A government founded on principles more consonant to the wishes of the larger States, is not likely to be obtained from the smaller States.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • consonant = in keeping
  • "The delicacies of the Comte de Vergennes about communicating my powers [to Britain] are not perfectly consonant to my manner of thinking," Adams wrote to Congress.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • consonant = consistent
  • It is a rule not enjoined upon the courts by legislative provision, but adopted by themselves, as consonant to truth and propriety, for the direction of their conduct as interpreters of the law.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • consonant = in keeping
  • Nothing could have been less consonant with Selden's mood than Van Alstyne's after-dinner aphorisms, but as long as the latter confined himself to generalities his listener's nerves were in control.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • consonant = in keeping
  • The propriety of this provision is so evident in itself, and it is, at the same time, so consonant to the precedents of the State constitutions in general, that little need be said to explain or enforce it.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • consonant = consistent
  • The general precaution, that no new States shall be formed, without the concurrence of the federal authority, and that of the States concerned, is consonant to the principles which ought to govern such transactions.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
consonant = consistent

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