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Definition of Constant

(noun) A characteristic or value that does not change across an observation.

Example of Constant

  • Students are given 10 minutes to take the same test, the time limit is the constant, their performance is the variable.

Constant Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: con·stant

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /kAHn-stuhnt/
  • British English – /kOn-stuhnt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkɑnstənt/
  • British English – /ˈkɒnstənt/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: constants
  • Constant is the opposite of variable.

Additional Information

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman

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Cite the Definition of Constant

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2014. “constant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2014). constant. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2014. “constant.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “constant.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/constant/>.