[ kon-suhl-tey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for consultation on
  1. the act of consulting; conference.

  2. a meeting for deliberation, discussion, or decision.

  1. a meeting of physicians to evaluate a patient's case and treatment.

  2. English Law. a writ returning a case to an ecclesiastical court from a temporal one.

  3. Australian. lottery.

Origin of consultation

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin consultātiōn-, stem of consultātiō, from consultāt(us) “deliberated” (past participle of consultāre; see consult) + -iō -ion

Other words from consultation

  • pre·con·sul·ta·tion, noun
  • pro·con·sul·ta·tion, adjective
  • re·con·sul·ta·tion, noun

Words Nearby consultation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use consultation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for consultation


/ (ˌkɒnsəlˈteɪʃən) /

  1. the act or procedure of consulting

  2. a conference for discussion or the seeking of advice, esp from doctors or lawyers

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