constancy

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From Old French constance, from Latin constantia

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constancy ‎(plural constancies)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, etc.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene 2, [1]
      A little water clears us of this deed: / How easy is it, then! Your constancy / Hath left you unattended.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Chapter 34, [2]
      I do not know that I should be fond of preaching often; now and then, perhaps once or twice in the spring, after being anxiously expected for half a dozen Sundays together; but not for a constancy; it would not do for a constancy.
    • 1871, Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, chapter 7 "On the Races of Man,"
      Constancy of character is what is chiefly valued and sought for by naturalists.
  2. (countable) An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, scene 2,
      younger spirits . . .
      whose constancies
      Expire before their fashions.

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