[kuh n-suhl-tuh-tiv, kon-suh l-tey-tiv]


of or relating to consultation; advisory.

Also con·sul·ta·to·ry [kuh n-suhl-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kənˈsʌl təˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, con·sul·tive.

Origin of consultative

First recorded in 1575–85; consultat(ion) + -ive
Related formscon·sul·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·con·sul·ta·tive, adjectivenon·con·sul·ta·to·ry, adjectiveun·con·sult·a·tive, adjectiveun·con·sul·ta·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for consultative

consulting, consultive, instructive, advising

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British Dictionary definitions for consultative


consultatory (kənˈsʌltətərɪ, -trɪ) or consultive


available for, relating to, or involving consultation; advisory
Derived Formsconsultatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for consultative

1580s, from Medieval Latin *consultativus, from consultat-, past participle stem of consultare (see consultation).

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