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[kuh n-suhl-tnt] /kənˈsʌl tnt/
a person who gives professional or expert advice:
a consultant on business methods.
a person who consults someone or something.
Origin of consultant
1690-1700; (< F) < Latin consultant- (stem of consultāns, present participle of consultāre). See consult, -ant Unabridged
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  • It seems almost impossible to argue that you shouldn't take on outside work as a consultant.
  • Currently he is an independent researcher, writer and consultant.
  • Matt worked as an energy consultant helping homeowners and businesses develop solar power systems.
  • One powerful pension-fund consultant has spoken out against consolidation in the industry.
  • He has served as a consultant to many public and private organizations.
  • But she did say a part-time consultant had recently helped set up all her computer systems.
  • Some of those people may be willing to speak on your behalf to a search consultant or a hiring committee.
  • In fact, she says, she has done far more primary research as a consultant than she ever did as a graduate student.
  • If the committee is working with a search consultant, that relieves the burden on the leader to a certain extent.
  • Such a rule might not withstand legal scrutiny, however, says a legal consultant for colleges.
British Dictionary definitions for consultant


  1. a senior physician, esp a specialist, who is asked to confirm a diagnosis or treatment or to provide an opinion
  2. a physician or surgeon holding the highest appointment in a particular branch of medicine or surgery in a hospital
a specialist who gives expert advice or information
a person who asks advice in a consultation
Derived Forms
consultancy, noun
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Word Origin and History for consultant

1690s, of persons going to oracles, from consult + -ant. Of physicians, from 1878; meaning "one qualified to give professional advice" is first attested 1893 in a Sherlock Holmes story. Related: Consultancy (1955).

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consultant in Medicine

consultant con·sult·ant (kən-sŭl'tənt)

  1. A physician or surgeon who does not take actual charge of a patient, but acts in an advisory capacity to the patient's primary physician.

  2. Such a member of a hospital staff who may advise the attending physician or surgeon.

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consultant in Technology
A person who facilitates organisational change and/or provides subject matter expertise on technical, functional and business topics during development or implementation. Consultants perform business requirements analysis, recommends selection of packaged software, develop proposals for consulting services and manage implementation projects at client sites. They provides expert knowledge of products such as SAP R/3, PeopleSoft, HRMS/Financials, and SmartStream.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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