con·​sul·​ta·​tion | \ˌkän(t)-səl-ˈtā-shən \

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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Through Voces, his family declined to provide additional details about his case pending legal consultation, and a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not return a message from the Journal Sentinel Tuesday afternoon. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lake Geneva man with 4 U.S. born children faces deportation after traffic court arrest," 8 May 2018 Families can find services for consultation about medication, hormonal therapy, support groups, referrals, training and education. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 After consultation with the Harford County state’s attorney, the driver was taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. Staff Report, The Aegis, "One man dies in single vehicle Bel Air crash Friday evening," 30 June 2018 But after a consultation with her staff, Stephanie Wilkinson, the establishment's co-owner, requested that Sanders leave. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "No, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Shouldn't Be Able to Eat Dinner in Public: Opinion," 26 June 2018 Now, for the better — but without their consultation — the definition of merit is changing. Alvin Chang, Vox, "The fraught racial politics of entrance exams for elite high schools," 14 June 2018 The removal of her ovaries never came up during her surgery consultations. Marwa Eltagouri, ajc, "A doctor removed her ovaries because they were ‘in the way.’ She committed suicide," 30 May 2018 The Vision document was developed by a committee of live music leadership after consultations with a range of festival and venue operators, presenters, promoters, artists, managers, agents, music associations and other key figures. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Strategy Group Outlines Ways to Boost Ontario's $1.2 Billion Live Music Industry," 4 May 2018 Trump remains engaged in intensive consultations with US partners, principally French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May, on a coordinated response to the attack. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump surprises aides, gets ahead of allies with promise of Syria strike," 11 Apr. 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of consultation 

: a deliberation between physicians on a case or its treatment

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