con·​sul·​ar | \ ˈkän(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce consular (audio) \

Definition of consular

: of, relating to, or of the nature of a consul or a consul's office or duties consular responsibilities A lot of his consular work involves issuing visas to Americans bound for the Alps—and Hitz happens to run a travel agency.— Hugh D. Menzies In Cicero's day, consular hopefuls behaved as politicians always have and forever will.— Lionel Casson

Examples of consular in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web British prosecutors, however, maintain that immunity does not apply to dependants of consular officials based outside London. CBS News, "Britain blasts U.S. refusal to extradite woman over crash that killed teen," 24 Jan. 2020 One of the people killed in the strike was Iran's top military general, Qassem Soleimani, but consular officials told the Free Press on Tuesday their open houses were for the Iraqi victims and not the Iranian leader. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Some Iraqis gather at Consulate in metro Detroit amid protest," 9 Jan. 2020 But British prosecutors maintain that immunity does not apply to dependents of consular officials based outside of London. Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, "UK charges American diplomat’s wife over teen’s death in crash," 20 Dec. 2019 But rather to establish the specific qualification that the determination of whether an alien falls into that category rests within the discretion of the consular officers or the Commissioner [of immigration]. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Liberal Judges vs. Trump’s Immigrant-Welfare Rule," 14 Oct. 2019 The difficulty is that many African countries have no embassies or consular representatives here, and some of the migrants possess no verifiable identification. Los Angeles Times, "African migrants stuck in southern Mexico, their American dream on hold," 22 Sep. 2019 An embassy spokesperson Wednesday said the consular office was now almost fully staffed. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to issue visas again | Miami Herald," 10 Jan. 2018 London has clashed with Beijing over the ongoing Hong Kong protests and the detention of a British consular employee, while two Canadians are still being held in China in the wake of Ottawa's arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. James Griffiths, CNN, "A challenge from China could be just the thing to pull NATO together," 3 Dec. 2019 Upset that his family’s plans had gone so awry, Mr. Tursun, accompanied by Ms. Frangville, met with Joseph Bockaert, the director of consular affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brussels. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of consular

1533, in the meaning defined above

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“Consular.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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