inconstant

inconstant
I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. unstable, irregular; fickle, changeable, faithless. See changeableness.Ant., constant, unchanging.
II
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. changeable, fickle, variable, capricious, unstable; see also changeable 1 , 2 .
Syn.- inconstant implies an inherent tendency to change or a lack of steadfastness [ an inconstant lover ] ; fickle suggests an even greater instability or readiness to change, especially in affection [ spurned by a fickle public ] ; capricious implies an instability or irregularity that seems to be the product of whim, chance, or erratic impulse [ a capricious climate ] ; unstable implies a liability to change, and in reference to persons applies to one who is emotionally unsettled or variable [ an unstable person laughs and cries easily ]
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
irregular, erratic, variable, unstable, changing, intermittent, unsteady, fickle.
ANT.: constant, steady, stable
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Capable of or liable to change: alterable, changeable, fluid, mutable, uncertain, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable, variant. Archaic: various. See CHANGE. 2. Following no predictable pattern: capricious, changeable, erratic, fantastic, fantastical, fickle, freakish, inconsistent, mercurial, temperamental, ticklish, uncertain, unpredictable, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile, whimsical. See CHANGE, CONTINUE.

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  • inconstant — inconstant, ante [ ɛ̃kɔ̃stɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1265; lat. inconstans 1 ♦ Vieilli ou littér. Qui n est pas constant, change facilement (d opinion, de sentiment, de conduite). ⇒ changeant, instable, léger, versatile. Inconstant dans ses idées, dans ses …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inconstant — inconstant, ante (in kon stan, stan t ) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas constant, qui est sujet à changer, en parlant des personnes. •   Mais que sert un bon choix dans une âme inconstante, CORN. Sophon, IV, 2. •   Ne vous assurez point sur ce coeur… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • inconstant — INCONSTÁNT, Ă, inconstanţi, te, adj. (Despre oameni şi manifestările lor) Care nu este constant; schimbător, nestatornic, instabil, uşuratic. – Din fr. inconstant. Trimis de valeriu, 21.07.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  Inconstant ≠ constant, nelabil,… …   Dicționar Român

  • inconstant — Inconstant, [inconst]ante. adj. Volage, qui est sujet à changer. Homme inconstant. femme inconstante. esprit inconstant, inconstant en ses resolutions, en ses desseins, en ses amitiez. Prince inconstant en ses alliances, inconstant en amour. Il… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Inconstant — In*con stant, a. [L. inconstans: cf. F. inconstant. See {In } not, and {Constant}.] Not constant; not stable or uniform; subject to change of character, appearance, opinion, inclination, or purpose, etc.; not firm; unsteady; fickle; changeable;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inconstant — inconstant, fickle, capricious, mercurial, unstable mean lacking or showing lack of firmness or steadiness in purpose, attachment, or devotion. Inconstant, usually applied to persons though sometimes to things, suggests an inherent or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inconstant — [in kän′stənt] adj. [OFr < L inconstans] not constant; changeable; specif., a) not remaining firm in mind or purpose b) unsteady in affections or loyalties; fickle c) not uniform in nature, value, etc.; irregular; variable inconstancy n.… …   English World dictionary

  • inconstant — (adj.) c.1400, fickle, not steadfast, from M.Fr. inconstant (late 14c.), from L. inconstantem (nom. inconstans) changeable, fickle, capricious, from in not, opposite of, without (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + constantem (see CONSTANT (Cf. constant)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • inconstant — index broken (interrupted), capricious, desultory, faithless, false (disloyal), inconsistent …   Law dictionary

  • inconstant — [adj] changeable capricious, changeful, erratic, fickle, flickering, fluctuating, impulsive, inconsistent, intermittent, irregular, irresolute, mercurial, shifting, uncertain, undependable, unreliable, unsettled, unstable, vacillating, variable,… …   New thesaurus

  • inconstant — et volage, Homo instabilis, Volaticus, Mobilis, Leuis, Inconstans, Desultorius …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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