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constancy

Noun

1 the quality of being free from change or variation [syn: stability] [ant: inconstancy]
2 the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
3 faithfulness in personal attachment (especially sexual fidelity)

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English

Noun

  1. The quality of being constant; steadiness or faithfulness in action, affections, purpose, etc.
    • 1871, Charles Darwin, Descent of Man, ch. 7 "On the Races of Man,"
      Constancy of character is what is chiefly valued and sought for by naturalists.
  2. An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thing.
    • 1602, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, act 1, sc. 2,
      younger spirits . . .
      whose constancies
      Expire before their fashions.

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Translations

The quality of being constant
  • French: constance
  • Portuguese: constância
An unchanging quality or characteristic of a person or thin

References

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