me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio) \

Definition of mediation

: the act or process of mediating especially : intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise

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Other Words from mediation

mediational \ -​shnəl How to pronounce mediational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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The opposition vehemently criticized the mediation effort, accused him of acting beyond the limits imposed by the country’s constitution. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "The Latest Chapter in Europe’s Electoral Challenges: Spain," 15 Feb. 2019 The organization faces considerable legal liability and, in her opening statement, Perry acknowledged the organization’s mediation efforts to settle the numerous lawsuits. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "USA Gymnastics CEO provides no answers in congressional hearing to discuss sexual abuse," 23 May 2018 The strike was called last week by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, which represents 25,000 service workers, after the union and the university could not agree on a new contract and mediation efforts failed. NBC News, "Thousands of University of California workers start 3-day strike over pay," 7 May 2018 Wright said typically a conversation is had with the church member and sometimes the issue is elevated to mediation. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas,, "Group of Methodists signs letter charging Sessions with ‘child abuse,’ ‘immorality’ and ‘racial discrimination’," 19 June 2018 Since settlement negotiations between the Arnolds and ServiceMaster All Care Restoration have failed, the lawsuit may go to mediation or a jury trial soon. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "Goodyear homeowners battle company over black-mold removal," 16 May 2018 Voda-Hamilton says the average couple requires six to eight hours’ worth of mediation to come to an agreement. Melissa Batchelor Warnke, Glamour, "Your Marriage Is Over. Who Gets Custody of the Pets?," 26 Nov. 2018 In July Samsung agreed to unconditionally accept the result of the mediation. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung agrees to compensate victims of work-related diseases a decade after first complaints," 26 Nov. 2018 On Monday, the brothers, the EEOC and Signature are scheduled to gather for a mediation session. Lauren Weber, WSJ, "When Three Brothers With a Blood Disorder Lost Their Jobs, the EEOC Sued," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of mediation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌmēd-ē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio) \

Medical Definition of mediation

: the act or process of mediating something (as a physical process)

Other Words from mediation

mediational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce mediational (audio) \ adjective


me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio) \

Legal Definition of mediation

: nonbinding intervention between parties to promote resolution of a grievance, reconciliation, settlement, or compromise — compare arbitration

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