Consistency vs Similarity - What's the difference?

consistency | similarity |

As nouns the difference between consistency and similarity

is that consistency is local coherence while similarity is closeness of appearance to something else.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



  • Local coherence.
  • Correspondence or compatibility.
  • Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.
  • * Addison
  • That consistency of behaviour whereby he inflexibly pursues those measures which appear the most just.
  • The degree of viscosity of something.
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  • (logic) Freedom from contradiction; the state of a system of axioms such that none of the propositions deduced from them are mutually contradictory.
  • (obsolete) Firmness of constitution or character; substantiality; durability; persistency.
  • * South
  • His friendship is of a noble make and a lasting consistency .


    * inconsistency




  • Closeness of appearance to something else.
  • (philosophy) The relation of sharing properties.
  • Hardly is there a similarity detected between two or three facts, than men hasten to extend it to all. — Sir W. Hamilton.


    * resemblance

    See also

    * similitude * likeness * alikeness