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Definition: Consistency

Quick Summary of Consistency

The measurement and display of similar transactions and other events is carried out in a consistent way throughout an entity within each accounting period and from one period to the next, and also in a consistent way by different entities.

What is the dictionary definition of Consistency?

Dictionary Definition

  • Local coherence.
  • Correspondence or compatibility.
  • Reliability or uniformity; the quality of being consistent.

Full Definition of Consistency

Consistency is an accounting principle which stipulates that, except as otherwise disclosed in the financial statement, the same accounting policies and procedures have been followed as have been followed in previous reporting periods with respect to the preparation and presentation of its financial statements. The main thrust of this policy is to offer maximum value to the users of the financial statements, stakeholders such as investors and creditors to the issuers of the financial statements. The main argument against this accounting principle stems from management which often is of the position that a move away from the principle can at times provide a more meaningful representation of the reporting body’s actual performance and management objectives.

Synonyms For Consistency

coherence, uniformity, consistent, congruity, conformity

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Consistency are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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