con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Definition of consultation

1 : council, conference specifically : a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment Her doctor called in a heart specialist for consultation.
2 : the act of consulting or conferring met with his physician for regular consultation and examination

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Examples of consultation in a Sentence

Many accountants offer a free consultation before charging for their work. After a series of consultations with doctors, a date for the operation was set. The group had a series of consultations with members of Congress. The town decided to close the park without any consultation with town residents. After consultation with the judge, lawyers decided to drop the case. Consultation of city records confirms that she lived there in the 1950s. Several dictionaries are available for consultation. a quick consultation of the city records
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The kitchens at Petco will be near-replicas of JustFoodForDogs stores and will be staffed by JustFoodForDogs employees, who are trained to provide in-store consultations to curious pet owners. Jennifer Van Grove,, "What is your dog eating? Petco will show you with in-store kitchens," 19 May 2018 The move to go ahead with a hearing and a vote floor vote had Democrats complaining that Republicans were eroding one of the few remaining customs in the Senate that forced consultation on judicial nominations. Kevin Freking,, "Wisc. lawyer is confirmed to be a federal judge, even as a home state senator objects," 10 May 2018 Flood insurance recovery firm Weisbrod Matteis & Copley is coming to Southeast Texas to provide free consultations to Hurricane Harvey victims through a series of town halls. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Weisbrod Matteis & Copley hosting Hurricane Harvey town hall series," 9 Apr. 2018 Hems start at $20, jacket and sleeve alterations cost around $50, and Shopboy does home consultations for $100, plus the cost of alterations. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "The Best of New York Home & Help 2018," 8 Mar. 2018 The Russian delegation, made up of 100 soldiers and military officials, arrived over the weekend to provide technical consultations linked to arms that Venezuela previously had purchased from Moscow, according to Russian state media. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Chides Russia for Military Aid to Venezuela," 25 Mar. 2019 Gucci Westman will also be on hand for custom makeup consultations with her brilliant new line Atelier Westman. Vogue, "Meghan Markle's Hairstylist Touches Down in New York City, For One Week Only," 22 Jan. 2019 America’s latest round of duties will not come into force until after a consultation process. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 The tariffs may go into effect after public consultations end Aug. 30. Bruce Einhorn,, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of consultation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for consultation

see consult entry 1

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The first known use of consultation was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of consultation

: a meeting in which someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) talks to a person about a problem, question, etc.
: a discussion about something that is being decided
: the act of looking for information in a book, on a map, etc.


con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Kids Definition of consultation

1 : a meeting held to talk things over
2 : the act of talking things over


con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce consultation (audio) \

Medical Definition of consultation

: a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment

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a strong desire or propensity

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