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

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In addition to connecting residents with city programs related to homelessness, substance abuse and food access, CSOs will be responsible for conflict mediation, community outreach and at-risk youth programming. Brian Contreras, The Seattle Times, "City to hire 12 unarmed, noncommissioned officers as Seattle police deal with staffing, public image," 25 June 2019 If mediation is unsuccessful, the complaint could then be brought into civil court. Sean Mcdonnell - Special To,, "Medina’s LGBTQ non-discrimination law passes first committee vote," 17 June 2019 If there are no further challenges, the board will move to set dates for mediation. Katie Mettler, Washington Post, "Citing Trump’s ‘character,’ D.C. residents challenge city to revoke his hotel’s liquor license," 14 June 2019 When the Braggs met representatives of the Village for a legal mediation in mid-May, though, the family brought lawyers. Elizabeth Dias, New York Times, "Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.," 10 June 2019 Daniel Gabler had been serving as chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission since 2017 when he was appointed to replace Richard Sankovitz who resigned to join a mediation firm. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pair of veteran judges leaving Milwaukee courts, opening opportunities for Evers' appointments," 17 June 2019 In addition to his legislative salary of $60,583, Faber, an attorney, made more than $100,000 providing legal and mediation services. 2. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Ohio Senate enters budget week: Capitol Letter," 17 June 2019 The training course included topics such as crisis intervention, de-escalation, suicide prevention, as well as restorative justice: a way of addressing misconduct by using mediation to reconcile the offender with the offended party. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Program invented by Klein ISD police getting statewide attention," 13 June 2019 Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin had ordered mediation in Collier’s lawsuit against Bentley in January. Mike Cason |,, "Spencer Collier settles lawsuit against former Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley," 12 June 2019

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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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