Definition of consultation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of formally consulting or discussing.

    ‘they improved standards in consultation with consumer representatives’
    [count noun] ‘consultations between all sections of the party’
    • ‘I expect to see a full and proper consultation conducted before any action is taken.’
    • ‘The fact is that this strike could have been avoided had there been proper consultation all round.’
    • ‘He said a special study was being made of Newcombe Drive in consultation with local residents.’
    • ‘As part of the appraisal process, consultation took place on a range of design options.’
    • ‘The Kennel Club says the docking of dogs' tails is a choice for the owner, in consultation with a vet.’
    • ‘You may also choose, in consultation with your surgeon, what type of incision to have.’
    • ‘There will now be two months of formal consultation and a decision is expected in March.’
    • ‘The lack of any wide discussion or consultation is the cause of much of the criticism.’
    • ‘The matter has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.’
    • ‘There will be public consultation after councillors have discussed the changes.’
    • ‘We will build on it when we launch our formal public consultation next week.’
    • ‘These acts may be done in consultation with the rest of the group, but not necessarily as a group.’
    • ‘There was no consultation, no discussion, no attempt to bring householders on board.’
    • ‘How is it that the task of ensuring that proper consultation takes place is so difficult?’
    • ‘The process of consultation must be effective; looked at as a whole, it must be fair.’
    • ‘The amendment was preceded by a process of consultation with local authorities.’
    • ‘Possible changes were first revealed a year ago and have been out for discussion and consultation.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the matter is decided by the President of the Tribunal in consultation with judges.’
    • ‘The process of consultation with local partners has been ongoing since the kidnaps.’
    • ‘The constitution adopted was the product of wide consultation and discussion.’
    discussion, dialogue, discourse, debate, negotiation, conference, deliberation
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A meeting with an expert, such as a medical doctor, in order to seek advice.
      ‘a consultation with a homeopathic doctor’
      • ‘These suggest that patients were more satisfied with consultations with nurse practitioners than those with doctors.’
      • ‘Most studies of general practitioners' consultations show a strong degree of professional control.’
      • ‘Some facilities offer consultations with doctors or other forms of medical aid.’
      • ‘A series of public round-table meetings and other consultations with stakeholders were then held.’
      • ‘Offering doctors feedback on real consultations should ensure more effective transfer of skills.’
      • ‘Use of computers during general practice consultations improves the quality of care in some cases.’
      • ‘Experts will be on hand to offer styling advice and consultations as well wine and nibbles.’
      • ‘The consultant might travel around several clinics and carry out joint consultations with the doctor or nurse and patient.’
      • ‘Hospital readmissions and general practice consultations often occur soon after the diagnosis of heart failure.’
      • ‘Shortage of time in general practice consultations is widely acknowledged to constrain the quality of care of patients.’
      • ‘External sources may enable much of the information gathering to occur outside consultations.’
      • ‘Often more is accomplished by informal consultations than by official meetings.’
      • ‘The ageing of the population increased the number of consultations due to immediate medical needs.’
      • ‘If Doctors have to sell consultations, drugs and treatments to make their money, we are heading straight back into the past.’
      • ‘In the course of a series of consultations, our experts spelled out their proposals on the issue.’
      • ‘One possibility is that the stakes are higher for the patient in a consultation with a doctor.’
      • ‘If you are not covered by a medical card your doctor may charge a consultation fee.’
      • ‘This all made for a good, lighthearted appointment which is the way I like my medical consultations.’
      • ‘We could not, without causing delay, recruit many patients from doctors whose consultations were short.’
      • ‘It took many years, numerous meeting and consultations with professionals.’
      meeting, talk, discussion, interview, conference, audience, hearing, reception, forum
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Late Middle English: from Latin consultatio(n-), from the verb consultare (see consult).