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

Definition of mediation

: the act or process of mediating: such as
a : intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise The town feud raged until April … when, with the mediation of William N. Byers the dispute was settled and the name of Denver selected for the settlement.— Thomas A. Martin specifically : a means of resolving disputes outside of the judicial system by voluntary participation in negotiations structured by agreement of the parties and usually conducted under the guidance and supervision of a trained intermediary More couples are considering mediation—or using a mediator to help them reach a compromise—rather than hiring two lawyers who fight it out for their clients. — Mary Rowland
b : indirect conveyance or communication through an intermediary Islam recognizes no ordination, no sacraments, no priestly mediation between the believer and God.— Bernard Lewis Like any of the other emporiums of the western ocean, Mogadishu had plenty of employment for the commercial brokers … who provided the crucial mediation between the arriving sea merchants and the local wholesalers.— Ross E. Dunn
c : transmission by an intermediate mechanism or agency The critical role of the hippocampus in the mediation of normal memory processes has been highlighted by the observation that in human patients bilateral damage to the medial temporal lobe, including the hippocampus, produces an extensive and durable amnesia for new information.— Raymond P. Kesner et al.

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Other Words from mediation

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

Examples of mediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of its most noteworthy features, beyond the sunrise alarm, is its nightly routine function, which allows users to set a sequence of steps each night to wind down, such as a mediation session, timed reading light, and white noise. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "Save $30 on the Hatch Restore sunrise alarm during Prime Day," 13 Oct. 2020 The federal cases are on hold pending the outcome of the California suits, while the matter in Delaware is in mediation. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, "Alphabet Settles Shareholder Suits Over Sexual Harassment Claims," 25 Sep. 2020 Ecowas has led mediation efforts with the junta, saying the era of coup d’etats is over in Africa. Bokar Sangare,, "Pressure Mounts on Mali’s Military Junta to Cede Power," 15 Sep. 2020 Gramenos tried to get the lawsuit dismissed in favor of mediation. Tracy Swartz,, "Everything you need to know about ‘Windy City Rehab’ ahead of the Season 2 premiere," 9 Sep. 2020 Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Tom Heekin has referred a lawsuit filed in 2019 by Performance Construction against the Forest Hills Board of Education and others to mediation. Jeanne Houck, The Enquirer, "Subcontractor on Anderson High project wants Forest Hills to hand over more than $800,000 in escrow funds," 3 Sep. 2020 In terms of reconnecting, please commit to mediation. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Advice to leave marriage again comes into question," 20 Aug. 2020 Lawyers for the union are to attend a mediation session Tuesday in Tallahassee. Leslie Postal,, "Florida education commissioner: Be ‘surgical, not sweeping’ in virus handling in schools," 17 Aug. 2020 International pressure and mediation efforts by ambassadors from the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom helped Albania's political parties reach an agreement on last week's laws. Llazar Semini, Star Tribune, "Albania amends constitution aimed at holding better election," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of mediation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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