consultation

A consultation is a conference or meeting at which opinions are exchanged or advice is prescribed. If one doctor says your severe blueberry allergy is cured, you might want a consultation with another doctor before indulging in the forbidden fruit.

Stemming from the Latin word consultationem, which means to “consult, ask counsel of, or reflect,” a consultation usually involves a lot of questions and hopefully expert answers. Consultations happen before big decisions have to be made, such as talking with a realtor before buying a house or conferring with master yogi before attempting a head stand.

Definitions of consultation
  1. noun
    the act of referring or consulting
    synonyms: reference
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    type of:
    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question
    “frequent consultations with his lawyer”
    “a consultation of several medical specialists”
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    types:
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    (law) a courtroom conference between the lawyers and the judge that is held out of the jury's hearing
    type of:
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
  3. noun
    a conference (usually with someone important)
    “he had a consultation with the judge”
    synonyms: audience, interview
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    type of:
    conference, group discussion
    a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
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