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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑnstənsi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒnstənsi/
Audio (Berkshire, England) (file)
- Hyphenation: con‧stan‧cy
- (uncountable) The quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, etc.
- c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii]:
- A little water clears us of this deed: / How easy is it, then! Your constancy / Hath left you unattended.
- 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, IV.iii:
- Punctuality is a species of Constancy, a very unfashionable quality in a Lady.
- 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter III, in Mansfield Park: […], volume III, London: […] T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224, page 68:
- And, 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, “7, "On the Races of Man,"”, in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. […], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Murray, […], OCLC 156113994:
- Constancy of character is what is chiefly valued and sought for by naturalists.
- 2014, James Lambert, “Diachronic stability in Indian English lexis”, in World Englishes, page 124:
- The overall retention rate of 68 per cent indicates a robust constancy of the linguistic features investigated.
- (countable) An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing.
- c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
- younger spirits […]
Expire before their fashions.
The quality of being constant
An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing
- Webster, Noah (1828), “constancy”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
- “constancy” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “constancy” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.