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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If seasickness is an issue, try acupuncture (consultations are complimentary; a 50-minute session is $169). Sloane Crosley, Vogue, "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care," 12 Mar. 2019 Sometimes these consultations are over the phone or by email. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Engineer profits from city projects and sits on panel to vet them. Is that a problem?," 30 June 2018 For those who fall in love with Wilbur, Pipsqueak, Petunia, or one of the other lovable pot-bellies up for adoption, consultations are available right on the spot. Grace Dickinson,, "Hang out with (and pet) pigs, alpacas, goats, and more at these farms and animal rescues near Philadelphia," 6 June 2018 But council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because consultations have been private, said the draft resolution may not have the minimum nine votes needed to pass. Fox News, "UN to vote on possible sanctions against South Sudan," 1 June 2018 Yes, and the education obsession is a big reason, argues Lee Myung-gil, a 39-year-old dating coach who charges $275 for an hour’s consultation. Mary Ryu, WSJ, "Failing at Love? Maybe It’s Time for Classes," 15 Feb. 2019 Luckily, the comments were kind and compassionate, including messages from other moms who shared similar stories and gently suggested taking DD to the doctor for a consultation. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Mom Shares Story of 6-Year-Old Daughter Wanting to Remove Her Body Hair," 1 Oct. 2018 But under the new law, Medicare will pay for consultation with a neurologist at a distant location, using special medical equipment for videoconferencing. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions," 24 June 2018 New customers must have a consultation before being able to use the drive-thru. Johnny Diaz,, "Medical marijuana customers will have a drive-thru option," 18 June 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 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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