: 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 How these roles might be enshrined in a constitution can be considered by the presidential council and a consultative body such as the National Council. Raja Khalidi, Foreign Affairs, 19 Mar. 2024 Those consultative processes will need to be reflected in executive and administrative orders to guarantee that nonunion workers matter in the long term, after their November votes. Desirée Leclercq, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 Referrals Customer service professionals clearly have a more expansive role to play in the digital-first era where consultative, forward-thinking guidance is key to long-term customer satisfaction. Allen Kopelman, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Several participants — speaking on the condition of anonymity due to Vatican requests that delegates keep the synod’s inner workings private — said no issue divided the consultative body more than the question of LGBTQ+ reception. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 The synod — a gathering of the church’s highest consultative body, which for the first time included lay people and women as voting members — is seen as a landmark moment in the church. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 North Korea has expressed opposition in recent days to plans by the U.S. and South Korea for a nuclear consultative group aimed at upgrading their coordination in the event of nuclear war with the North, as well as a rare visit to the South by a U.S. nuclear-armed submarine. Stella Kim, NBC News, 19 July 2023 By opening a consultative and wide-ranging dialogue with a diverse set of countries, the United States is offering something of value to its Indo-Pacific partners. Mary E. Lovely, Foreign Affairs, 23 Jan. 2023 Their consultative approach helps clients understand their needs and make the most informed choices. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 31 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consultative was in 1583

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“Consultative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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