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To carry into completion; to fulfill; to accomplish.

A Common-Law Marriage is consummated when the parties live in a manner intended to bring about public recognition of their relationship as Husband and Wife.

To consummate an agreement is to carry it out completely, as in a consummated sale. It is to bring to completion whatever was either intended or undertaken to be done.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

CONSUMMATE. What is completed. A right is said to be initiate, when it is not complete; and when it is perfected, it is consummated.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Action is external in its orientation to the system's environment and consummatory in its use of system resources to achieve system goals.
When the instructor pressed the [S.sup.+] key, the center square was darkened and the square for the "consummatory response" was presented at the bottom of the screen.
Comparison of the effects of the benzodiazepine midazolam and three serotonin antagonists on a consummatory conflict paradigm.
A function of the opioid system would be to potentiate consummatory behavior that may be food related or sexually related, with the goal of compensating privation seasons.
Presumably, the presence of the head and neck, which are species-specific cues, activated the consummatory mode.
The idealsized unit, Dahl reasoned, must be able to achieve collective goals but avoid the "consummatory" participation of the modern nation-state.
Positive emotion or pleasantness is associated with consummatory behaviors directed at some goal or reward, and negative emotion is associ ated with withdrawal or defensive behaviors directed toward threatening or aversive stimuli (Schneirla, 1959).
Zagacki, "Consummatory Versus Justificatory Crisis Rhetoric," Western Journal of Speech Communication 50 (Fall 1986): 307-24; David C.
The voyeuristic, appropriative male gaze that is the hallmark of Price and Knight's "soft-porn aesthetics" (128) turns out on closer consideration to be surprisingly vulnerable: "The unwillingness to imagine possession, the move to voyeuristic rather than consummatory fantasies ...
At the bottom center of the screen, one white circle was presented for consummatory responses.