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English noun: constancy

1. constancy (attribute) the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation

SamplesEarly mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds.


Broader (hypernym)changelessness, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness

Narrower (hyponym)invariance, metastability, monotony

Attributeconstant, inconstant

Antonymschangefulness, inconstancy

2. constancy (cognition) (psychology) the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation

Synonymsperceptual constancy

Broader (hypernym)perception

Narrower (hyponym)brightness constancy, color constancy, colour constancy, shape constancy, size constancy

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

3. constancy (attribute) faithfulness and dependability in personal attachments (especially sexual fidelity)

Broader (hypernym)faithfulness, fidelity

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