You put data into a database. The data include the date of birth and the date of death. If the date of death is before the date of birth, what do you call it? Would "temporal inconsistency" work? Can I say "There is temporal inconsistency"?
In some context, yes, you could call that a temporal inconsistency, but it's somewhat obscure, or at least complex, English. Is this an error message that's going to be shown to users? If so, who are the users? Your average Joe would probably prefer to see something a little simpler.
Thank you. It's not an error message. It's from a manual for inputting the data into the database. The users are physicians.
I want to say something like "If there is temporal inconsistency, an alert will appear."
In that case, the language may be appropriate, but it also might be too vague. If you're simply discussing entering dates, a temporal inconsistency (or as entangledbank says, "data inconsistency") might mean inputting invalid dates (February 30th, 02/13/16 or 13/02/16 depending on your date format, etc.). Since this isn't an error message, there's no real need to be terse. If I were writing documentation, I'd just say, "If the date of birth is later than the date of death, an alert will appear."