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

Definition of consultative

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

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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 In one of my courses we ‘adopt’ a local nonprofit agency and provide free consultative services. Donna Kiesling, Post-Tribune, "Ivy Tech faculty: Living out the College’s mission," 19 Apr. 2018 The government there is in the process of scrapping a law adopted just three years ago that allows consultative referendums on almost any matter if backers can get 300,000 signatures on a petition. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "As Referendums Roil Europe, the Dutch Reconsider," 5 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers also publicly question ministers, giving the parliament authority beyond those of legislative and consultative councils in other Arab sheikhdoms. Washington Post, "Case against activists threatens Kuwait’s political openness," 19 Feb. 2018 Women are also now members of the consultative Shura Council that advises King Salman. NBC News, "Women in Saudi Arabia make gains but overall rights remain issue," 22 Jan. 2018 The king, 81, delivered his annual 7-minute-long speech before the consultative Shura Council. Washington Post, "Saudi king prioritizes economic reforms for coming year," 13 Dec. 2017

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1583, in the meaning defined above

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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 , ˈkän(t)-səl-ˌtāt-iv \

Medical Definition of consultative

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

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