me·​di·​a·​tion ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio)
: the act or process of mediating: such as
: 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
: 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
: 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.
mediational adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The mediation effort will be overseen by a bankruptcy judge in Houston. Steven Church,, 12 Oct. 2022 Burlando-Salazar partnered with another BU law student, Marie Tashima, to solve tenants' disputes with landlords through mediation. Sejal Govindarao, ABC News, 8 Apr. 2022 Through Watari’s mediation, and through the surprisingly wise advice of none other than Takatsuki, his wife’s seducer, Kafuku is able to bring together the role and the life, to find the middle ground between Stanislavski’s Method and his own. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022 Legal staff can provide initial legal advice to qualifying tenants, assist through mediation and connect tenants with available resources. Michelle Mullins,, 31 Jan. 2022 The settlement, which was reached through mediation, will be split among 1,050 victims. Tristan Balagtas,, 19 Jan. 2022 Fleming continued to pursue additional insurance policies, and through a mediation in March, 2019, was able to secure an additional settlement in the amount of $3.8 million. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 7 Oct. 2021 In Glendale, the teachers union and school district are in mediation. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2022 The university is in mediation with Berry which is delaying establishing a time for removal or setting a spot for relocation of the mural, said Jay Blanton, the university's spokesperson. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 2 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mediation was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


me·​di·​a·​tion ˌmēd-ē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio)
: the act or process of mediating something (as a physical process)
mediational adjective

Legal Definition


me·​di·​a·​tion ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce mediation (audio)
: nonbinding intervention between parties to promote resolution of a grievance, reconciliation, settlement, or compromise compare arbitration
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