The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Consultation \Con`sul*ta"tion\, n. [L. consultatio: cf. F.
1. The act of consulting or conferring; deliberation of two
or more persons on some matter, with a view to a decision.
Thus they doubtful consultations dark
2. A council or conference, as of physicians, held to
consider a special case, or of lawyers restained in a
Writ of consultation (Law), a writ by which a cause,
improperly removed by prohibition from one court to
another, is returned to the court from which it came; --
so called because the judges, on consultation, find the