Definition of consultation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkänsəlˈtāSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of formally consulting or discussing: they improved standards in consultation with consumer representatives consultations between the two governments
More example sentences
  • He said a special study was being made of Newcombe Drive in consultation with local residents.
  • The Kennel Club says the docking of dogs' tails is a choice for the owner, in consultation with a vet.
  • These acts may be done in consultation with the rest of the group, but not necessarily as a group.
discussion, dialogue, discourse, debate, negotiation, deliberation
1.1A meeting with an expert or professional, such as a medical doctor, in order to seek advice.
Example sentences
  • The ageing of the population increased the number of consultations due to immediate medical needs.
  • Most studies of general practitioners' consultations show a strong degree of professional control.
  • The consultant might travel around several clinics and carry out joint consultations with the doctor or nurse and patient.


Late Middle English: from Latin consultatio(n-), from the verb consultare (see consult).

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Syllabification: con·sul·ta·tion

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