in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce intermediation (audio)
: the act of coming between : intervention, mediation

Examples of intermediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High interest rates continue to suppress manufacturing, however, while credit intermediation continued its downward slide — that sector, which mostly includes commercial banking, has lost about 123,000 jobs since early 2021. Lydia Depillis, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 All the usual intermediations of human carnivorousness are absent: no slaughter, no butchering, no cooking. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 5 Nov. 2023 Brainard cites the idea of cross-border payments, such as remittances, as representing one of the most compelling use cases for digital currencies, with the intermediation chains for cross-border payments are notoriously long, complex, costly, and opaque. Jason Brett, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Courage and the power of intermediation and advisors and how that can help navigate and make this all work. The Sorenson Impact Center, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2023 But one thing that seems to be emerging is a proliferation of intermediation and b2b services. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2012 The Byzantine advantage lay in works in the original Greek, but the Arabs transmitted the works through the intermediation of several languages, from Greek to Syriac to Arabic to Latin. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 30 Aug. 2010 But that was Baghramian’s choice, so the works can be seen and pondered without intermediation. Dallas News, 14 Nov. 2022 Even those who assert the need for regulation and some intermediation between genomic results and the patient/consumer are unhappy with the way the government and some pro-regulation activists have been approaching the matter. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 Mar. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermediation was in 1602

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“Intermediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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