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constancy

noun

  1. (changelessness)  the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation
    Synonyms: stability. Type of: changelessness. Describes: constant, inconstant
  2. (psychology)  the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
    Synonyms: perceptual constancy. Topic: psychology. Type of: perception
  3. (fidelity)  faithfulness and dependability in personal attachments (especially sexual fidelity)
    Type of: fidelity

Etymology summary

Latin constantia from constans, present participle of constare from com-,...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

constancy | steadfastness [synonym, sense-specific] | stability [synonym, sense-specific]

the quality of having a resolute mind, purpose, or affection; steadfastness | freedom from change or variation; stability | [psychology] the ... (19 of 520 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

constancy | constancies [plural] | fortitude [synonym, sense-specific] | loyalty [synonym, sense-specific] | fidelity [synonym, sense-specific] | changelessness [synonym, sense-specific] | fixedness [synonym, sense-specific] | immutability [synonym, sense-specific] | immutableness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

steadfastness of mind under duress; "fortitude" ; "fidelity", "loyalty" | a state of being constant or unchanging (16 of 116 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/constancy

Wikipedia:

Constancy [disambiguation]

may refer to: Consistency (see also Consistency (disambiguation)) | Permanence | Immutability, as an attribute of God | Constant (disambiguation) | Inconstancy (disambiguation) (19 of 71 words, 5 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

constancy

the quality of being faithful and dependable | the quality of being enduring and unchanging (14 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/constancy

Cambridge Dictionary:

loyalty | loyalties | constancy [formal]

the quality of being loyal | "loyalties": your feelings of support or duty towards someone or something (16 of 53 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/loyalty

constancy [entry 1, formal]

the quality of staying the same, not getting less or more (11 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/constancy 1

Wiktionary:

constancy | constancies [plural]

[uncountable] The quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, etc. | [countable] An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing. (25 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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New World Dictionary:

constancy

the state or quality of being unchanging; specifically, | firmness of mind or purpose; resoluteness | steadiness of affections or loyalties; ... (19 of 44 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

constancy [uncountable]

[literary] loyalty to a person or belief | [formal] the quality of staying the same (14 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/constancy

Random House Dictionary:

constancy

the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty; firmness of mind; faithfulness. | uniformity or regularity, as in ... (22 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/constancy

American Heritage Dictionary:

constancy

Steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfulness. | The condition or quality of being constant; changelessness. (15 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

constancy

Origin: Latin constantia from constans, present participle of constare from com-, together + stare, to "stand"

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Oxford Dictionary:

constancy

First use: late 15th century

Origin: Latin constantia, from constant- "standing firm" (see "constant")

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Online Etymology:

constancy

First use: 1520s

Origin: "constance" + "-cy".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=constancy

constance

First use: mid-14th century

Origin: "steadfastness", from Old French constance "steadfastness, permanence" (14th century), from Latin constantia (compare Italian ... (16 of 46 etymology words)

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-cy

Origin: abstract noun suffix of quality or rank, from Latin -cia, -tia, from Greek -kia, -tia, from abstract ending -ia + stem ending ... (22 of 30 etymology words)

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

constancy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "constancy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/constancy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

constancy [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "constancy"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

constancy [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "constancy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

constancy [entry 1, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "constancy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "constancy"

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the Free Dictionary:

constancy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "constancy"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "constancy"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "constancy" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

constancy

Audio: English pronunciation of "constancy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

constancy

Audio: North American pronunciation of "constancy"

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YourDictionary Audio:

constancy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "constancy" by speech synthesizer

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