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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In addition, Sky Dispensaries trains staff members to offer personalized consultations to help patients choose the best products for their lifestyle and health-care needs. Stepfanie Romine, azcentral, "Celebrating ‘710’? Learn more about what Sky Dispensaries has to offer," 27 June 2019 Mr Modi’s new minister of finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, has started off with a broom, sweeping 12 top bureaucrats out of the tax administration and inviting wider public consultation on the budget, which is due to be released in July. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 At the United Nations, the Security Council held closed consultations on the tanker incidents late Thursday at the request of the United States but took no action. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran took mine off tanker targeted in attacks, US officials say with video release," 14 June 2019 The city’s two main lawyers’ associations, the Law Society and the Hong Kong Bar Association, have urged the government to delay the extradition bill’s passage in order to hold public consultations. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Fearing China’s Rule, Hong Kong Residents Resist Extradition Plan," 7 June 2019 Home design experts will be accessible in the Natick Mall store to offer complimentary design consultations and advice to customers. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Wayfair’s First Brick and Mortar Store is Opening Soon!," 15 Apr. 2019 And Sally Augustin of Design With Science, a company that offers consultations on how to build spaces with positive psychological outcomes, says the whole concept of airplanes is terrible from a psychological perspective. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes," 2 Nov. 2018 Amazon introduced its own version of Best Buy’s Geek Squad last year to offer free Alexa consultations and installations for smart home products like Ecobee thermostats and Arlo security cameras. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Amazon is now offering smart security packages with installation," 27 Apr. 2018 Talks will pick up on Tuesday, after Cabinet-level members vowed on Friday to keep up the momentum following consultations with their technical teams over the weekend. Eric Martin,, "NAFTA ministers set to meet again amid intensified push for deal," 23 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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11 Jul 2019

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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