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Her play is inconsistent. Sometimes she’s unbeatable and other times she beats herself.
  not the same in different parts or at different times


not in agreement [with something else]
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inconsistent inconsistencies inconsistency inconsistently inconsistence
Standard prefix:  in- at the beginning of a word often means "not" as in incorrect or independent. So, inconsistent means not consistent.
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  • Her play is inconsistent. Sometimes she’s unbeatable and other times she beats herself.
  • The study shows that sleeping only for short periods at inconsistent times damaged the brains of mice after three days.
  • Her actions are inconsistent with her stated goals.
  • She wanted to notice an inconsistency in the skin tones, to gossip about the freak science-experiment kid who had just walked onto campus.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin

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  •’s still not enough with the inconsistent availability and the ever-increasing price of food.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • "You are inconsistent," said her father mildly.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I’m not a fan of inconsistency.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • It appeared the results were inconsistent.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • …girl with a good heart who liked helping people, and none of them ever lit my heart—God, I can’t stop it with that word now—on fire like she did, but I just needed her so much and it never felt like enough and she wasn’t consistent and her inconsistency and my insecurity were this horrible match for each other, but I still loved her, because all of me was wrapped up in her, because I’d put all my eggs in someone else’s basket, and in the end, after 343 days, I was left with an empty…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Their testimony was laughably inconsistent and completely lacking in credibility.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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  • Unscathed by the Lunar glamour, it knew where the true boundaries of the queen’s face were, the imperfections, the inconsistencies.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • She pointed out three areas with inconsistencies, and made a document for Pattie to use when she next met with the landlord.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Inconsistent with the scheme of the other nests, but a nice touch.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • The waves were small and inconsistent, and I was just kind of rolling along with them, relaxing on my board with my right hand on the nose of the board and my left arm dangling in the cool water.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • I’m not sure what good inconsistent therapy sessions even do, but showing up apparently demonstrates that I’m making an effort.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • In the countless references to liberty, freedom, justice, equal rights, and the like in their letters and diaries, I have found but one reference to any sense of inconsistency between the ideas of fighting for liberty and for slavery.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It’s inconsistent.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The other attribute that separated Watanabe from fellow guards was his inconsistency.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • These details and inconsistencies would take a while to reveal themselves.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He did nothing reluctantly, no matter how disagreeable; always at his post, never inconsistent.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The Capitol’s very secretive about this form of torture, and I believe the results are inconsistent.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • In the truck, there were twelve slouched men, all rising and falling with the various inconsistencies in the road.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • This was simple and clear, and yet, with cruel inconsistency, whenever he escaped from this nightmare it was to suffer and cry out at the vision of Ona starving.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A year after completing the Job Corps training, Wes realized the only consistency in his employment was inconsistency.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Then conscience granted a truce, and these curiously inconsistent pirates fell peacefully to sleep.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Are there any other inconsistencies, such as would point to two people being concerned?
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • But how could I, a poor dazed village lad, avoid that wonderful inconsistency into which the best and wisest of men fall every day?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • All the impossible orders inconsistent with the course of events remain unexecuted.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He seemed surprised — very inconsistently so, as he had just told me to go.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was inevitable that she should accept any inconsistency and cruelty from her deity as all good worshippers do from theirs.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • A number of errors and inconsistencies that still remained in the text have been corrected, and an attempt has been made to provide information on a few points which attentive readers have raised.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • You’re inconsistent.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • A few friends pointed out to Ellsworth Toohey that he seemed guilty of inconsistency; he was so deeply opposed to individualism, they said, and here were all these writers and artists of his, and every one of them was a rabid individualist.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Nor were it an inconsistency too improbable to be assigned to human nature, should we suppose a feeling of regret in Hester’s mind, at the moment when she was about to win her freedom from the pain which had been thus deeply incorporated with her being.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The Rumpelstiltskin Problem is a book by Vivian Vande Velde, conceived because the author was disturbed, as I was, by inconsistencies in a traditional tale.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • He can be made to take a positive pleasure in the perception that the two sides of his life are inconsistent.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • Such a supposition, notwithstanding what we read in fiction, is altogether inconsistent with real existence;—but where and in what state was I?
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • They were a pleasant race, these coastal Georgians, with their soft-voiced, quick rages and their charming inconsistencies, and Gerald liked them.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Panchaud, alias Printanier, alias Bigrenaille, and Demi-Liard, alias Deux-Milliards, who had been inconsistently condemned, after a hearing of both sides of the case, to ten years in the galleys.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Thou dost reckon me thy friend, and thou wouldst rob me of honour, a thing wholly inconsistent with friendship; and not only dost thou aim at this, but thou wouldst have me rob thee of it also.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Alongside of these very arguments we use others totally inconsistent, so that the accusation of repression may be refuted.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • He was, I had discovered, parsimonious about small expenditures—a trait absolutely inconsistent with his general character.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • —Was it new for any thing in this world to be unequal, inconsistent, incongruous—or for chance and circumstance (as second causes) to direct the human fate?
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • No portion of the masonry had fallen; and there appeared to be a wild inconsistency between its still perfect adaptation of parts, and the crumbling condition of the individual stones.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Professor Page neatly points to inconsistencies in the story, not without some donnish wit at the expense of the poet, poor old buffer.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • That seems to me to be inconsistent.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The patch is not perfect, and we must allow the poet to be a little inconsistent in a long song that was heard rather than read.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • From these circumstances, I have thought that there is some inconsistency in our common mode of teaching languages.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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