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inconsistent

1. Maths (of two or more equations) not having one common set of values of the variables: x + 2y = 5 and x + 2y = 6 are inconsistent
2. Logic (of a set of propositions) enabling an explicit contradiction to be validly derived
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The story often lacks the full development and balance of incidents and narration which a trained literary artist would have given it; the allegory is inconsistent in a hundred ways and places; the characters are only types; and Bunyan, always more preacher than artist, is distinctly unfair to the bad ones among them.
This is one of those passages in Plato which, partaking both of a philosophical and poetical character, is necessarily indistinct and inconsistent. The magnificent figure under which the nature of the soul is described has not much to do with the popular doctrine of the ideas.
So various, and if regarded on the surface only, inconsistent, are the statements of Plato respecting the doctrine of ideas.
Loud men called his subdued tone an undertone, and sometimes implied that it was inconsistent with openness; though there seems to be no reason why a loud man should not be given to concealment of anything except his own voice, unless it can be shown that Holy Writ has placed the seat of candor in the lungs.
"I don't wish to act otherwise than as your best friend, Vincy, when I say that what you have been uttering just now is one mass of worldliness and inconsistent folly."
He did nothing reluctantly, no matter how disagreeable; always at his post, never inconsistent. He never promised but to fulfil.
They have decried all free government as inconsistent with the order of society, and have indulged themselves in malicious exultation over its friends and partisans.
Were the Union itself inconsistent with the public happiness, it would be, Abolish the Union.
I am about to appear very inconsistent. In previous sections I have said that all figures in Flatland present the appearance of a straight line; and it was added or implied, that it is consequently impossible to distinguish by the visual organ between individuals of different classes: yet now I am about to explain to my Spaceland critics how we are able to recognize one another by the sense of sight.
II), the Network Music Opinions (Article 8), and the Several Opinions (Article 4), each is inconsistent with China's national treatment commitments under Article XVII of the GATS.
These tasks are referred to as inconsistent category tasks, and responding is now predicted to be slower, relative to the consistent tasks.
Having children and inconsistent working patterns were cited as major reasons for inconsistent pension savings.