me·​di·​a·​tion | \ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən \

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, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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In addition, the rules will still employ DeVos' policy of using mediation to reach resolutions, meaning the accused can cross-examine the victim. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Campus Sexual Misconduct: Betsy DeVos Has a Track Record of Protecting the Accused," 30 Aug. 2018 But Guterres stressed that conflict prevention must include investment in mediation, peacebuilding and economic development that preserves the environment. Fox News, "UN chief urges conflict prevention and 'diplomacy for peace'," 30 Aug. 2018 Taylor Swift, pop’s megastar, may seem invincible: her latest album Reputation is a knowing mediation with a wink at her own fame, after all. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Taylor Swift Shares Her Worst Nightmare In an Interview with Rock Muse Pattie Boyd," 10 July 2018 Of the 99 cases that have completed mediation, 50 were settled. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "New York to Litigants: Let’s Settle Those Lawsuits," 4 July 2018 Workers in the federal government have just 45 days from the time of an incident to file a complaint, which first has to go through a mediation or counseling process. Neil Weinberg,, "Federal Employees Face Hurdles Pursuing Sexual Harassment Claims," 13 June 2018 Attorneys for the church, Brouillard and others have been laying the groundwork for mediation, scheduled for September, and eventual settlements. USA TODAY, "Priest accused in 124 Guam sex abuse cases ages quietly, alone," 5 May 2018 Records indicate that the case was closed in 2007 after the two parties went through mediation. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Local officials backing Government Hill leaders after attempted coup," 4 May 2018 In February, mediation between the state and the gym failed. Teri Figueroa,, "State sues El Cajon gym over transgender woman's locker room access," 3 May 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 \

Medical Definition of mediation 

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

Other Words from mediation

mediational \-​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl \ adjective


me·​di·​a·​tion | \ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən \

Legal Definition of mediation 

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

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