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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mediational \-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

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In January, the citizens group and developer were headed to mediation over the project, known as the Lofts at Eastport Landing. Tim Prudente,, "Developer strikes agreement to scale back Eastport project," 7 July 2018 The commission received more than 62,700 complaints to investigate, and of those, some 23,000 victims were willing to go to mediation rather than the courts. Lilia Blaise, New York Times, "Tunisia Truth Commission Brings One Court Case in Four Years," 6 June 2018 While the House bill also eliminates the mandatory mediation, the Senate bill softens it and puts the onus on the victim to opt out within ten days of filing a complaint. NBC News, "Showdown brewing between House and Senate on sexual harassment bill," 24 May 2018 Engage in a mediation ritual to start each day calm, focused and with gratitude. Jackie Pilossoph,, "Do you love yourself enough to reinvent yourself?," 12 July 2018 His seminars also cover divorce alternatives including mediation. Erin Arvedlund,, "Senior splitting from your spouse? 'Collaborative divorce' is a friendlier, cheaper way," 5 July 2018 The deal, brokered under the mediation of Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, would be the second time Kiir and Machar, his former deputy, have agreed on sharing powers. Okech Francis,, "South Sudan’s Warring Sides Agree to Cease-Fire in New Peace Bid," 28 June 2018 Lower-level offenses are being diverted to teen court, community mediation programs or treatment for mental health and substance abuse. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore school board to vote on new policies for police officers," 11 June 2018 Reading a book or using a mediation app for just five minutes to start are easy ways to get accustomed to a nighttime routine. Jamie Lisanti,, "Six Methods Athletes Use to Get Better Sleep and Power Performance," 8 June 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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