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 No, he is expected to stay on as the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, a powerful consultative body. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "What’s behind the surprise Russian government shake-up?," 15 Jan. 2020 District councils are consultative bodies on local affairs in Hong Kong, and the election will return 452 councillors for a four-year term. Eric Cheung, CNN, "Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong banned from running in local election," 29 Oct. 2019 Instead of making decisions unilaterally, Abderrahim adopted a consultative system that involves all 60 members of the local council. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Around the world, women are taking charge of their future," 15 Oct. 2019 Data scientists need to actively partner with the diverse communities represented in their data—not just in consultative roles, but in ways that subordinate the former to the latter. Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Quartz, "The language we use to describe data can also help us fix its problems," 18 June 2019 Nationwide demonstrations will be held Tuesday to protest Zardari's arrest and an emergency consultative meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) will be held to discuss his legal options, party spokesman Murtaza Wahab said. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari arrested on corruption charges," 10 June 2019 Francis issued new rules reforming the Synod of Bishops, the consultative body established 50 years ago to give popes an organized way of bringing bishops together to debate problems facing the church. Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope gives bishops more decision-making options," 18 Sep. 2018 Our consultative approach allows our staff to identify the needs of our customers and then propose solutions to those needs. Bob Bong, Daily Southtown, "Comings & Goings: ‘Top Chef’ concession stand opens at Toyota Park," 10 July 2018 Nicholson had served as chairman for both the University Student Senate's consultative committee and the Student Services Fees Committee. Patrick Thomas, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kevin Nicholson is new to the Republican Party but not political controversy," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of consultative

1583, in the meaning defined above

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“Consultative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of consultative

: giving advice
: having power only to give advice and not to make decisions


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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