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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Recent Examples on the Web The program was created in consultation with Black residents and is not a direct cash payment program., "What Would Reparations Look Like? What They Are and How They Can Reduce Black Health Care Disparities," 29 Apr. 2021 The team made the decision in consultation with the Ohio and Summit County departments of Health, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Akron RubberDucks increase seating capacity at Canal Park with ‘Responsible Reopening’ plan," 29 Apr. 2021 State health officials made the decision to send out the alert in consultation with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Why State health officials sent that alert encouraging walk-in vaccine appointments," 27 Apr. 2021 After the signature withdrawal period ends, the California Department of Finance, in consultation with state and local election officials, will be required to present a report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee that offers a cost estimate. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "The exact date of the Newsom recall election is still unclear. Here’s why," 26 Apr. 2021 Plans also call for a 24-bed neonatal intensive care unit designed in consultation with Rady Children’s Hospital. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Second tower underway at Scripps La Jolla," 22 Apr. 2021 There are often significant economies of scale, both fiscal and in terms of skills transfer, where a degree of consultation and standardization can be adopted. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "14 Ways You May Be Wasting Your IT Team’s Budget," 5 Apr. 2021 Indicators of respiratory virus activity, such as rates of consultation for influenza-like illnesses and detection of influenza viruses in respiratory specimens, remained extremely low throughout 2020. Yoni Heisler, BGR, "The coronavirus pandemic may cause this big problem that has nothing to do with COVID," 24 Feb. 2021 In an interview in September, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the results of the summer consultation showed that Hungarians did not want strict pandemic measures imposed. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, "Hungary seeks citizen input on easing pandemic restrictions," 18 Feb. 2021

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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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4 May 2021

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“Consultation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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