con·​sul·​ta·​tive | \ kən-ˈsəl-tə-tiv How to pronounce consultative (audio) , ˈkän(t)-səl-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce consultative (audio) \

Definition of consultative

: of, relating to, or intended for consultation : advisory a consultative committee a consultative document

Examples of consultative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The national security law was imposed on Hong Kong directly by China in June 2020 without any local legislative or consultative process, outlawing crimes such as subversion with possible life imprisonment. Reuters, NBC News, 28 July 2022 Sturgeon said Scotland's top law official will ask the U.K. Supreme Court on Tuesday if the Scottish Parliament has the power to legislate for a consultative referendum on independence. Sylvia Hui, USA TODAY, 28 June 2022 Sturgeon said Scotland’s top law official was to ask the Supreme Court on Tuesday if Scotland had the power to hold a consultative referendum without first getting the green light from the British prime minister. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Cofounder and coach at lucidly, a consultative coaching service helping SMBs build engaged & thriving teams. Chris Herndon, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Also, business sales just tend to be a lot more consultative and less transactional requiring a longer sales process with multiple stakeholders and a much heavier human touch. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 For modern enterprises, true customer centricity means adopting a consultative selling approach, which prioritizes building customer trust and relationships over simple product promotion. Mert Yentur, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 In this case, look for past experience in consulting (or a consultative mindset). Yolanda Lau, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 So much for all that slick American consultative sales jive. Greg Story, Forbes, 21 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of consultative

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Consultative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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con·​sul·​ta·​tive | \ kən-ˈsəl-tət-iv How to pronounce consultative (audio) , ˈkän(t)-səl-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce consultative (audio) \

Medical Definition of consultative

: of, relating to, or intended for consultation neurologic services are typically consultativePhysicians' Current Procedural Terminology

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