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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Solo enjoys a logical argument that she’s owed a seat at the mediation table. Michael Mccann,, "Reasons Why USWNT, U.S. Soccer Oppose Hope Solo's Presence at Their Mediation," 29 July 2019 How much each Trilogy homeowner may have to pay to settle the suit is unclear and likely will be hashed out during mediation between representatives from the homeowners association and PC Services scheduled to take place in the coming months. Martin E. Comas,, "Lake County subdivision residents worry over $4.1M jury award in dispute involving cable, phone service," 26 July 2019 The lockout only came to an end after 17 months and third-party mediation. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "The budget furniture dilemma," 24 July 2019 Hope Solo, the star goalie who was dismissed from the U.S. women’s soccer team in 2016, has filed a legal motion saying she should be allowed to participate in an upcoming mediation for the team’s pay-discrimination suit. Fortune, "What the Al Franken Story Says to Women: The Broadsheet," 23 July 2019 The city would also provide information to residents on available mediation services for neighborhood disputes. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Barking dogs keeping you up at night? Tempe could make it easier to cite dog owners," 13 July 2019 Paradis also attended mediations in the ratepayers’ lawsuit against the city, a city attorney’s office spokesman said. Dakota Smith,, "Before the double-dealing allegations, there were red flags over $30-million DWP contract," 11 July 2019 The two sides intend to use mediation now that the World Cup is over. Shirley Leung,, "Get on the right side of history, US Soccer: Equal pay for the women’s team — now," 8 July 2019 But if no solutions emerge from the mediation, then KC’s BBQ will have to attend an appeal hearing — Chakko described it as an informal trial. Janelle Bitker,, "Why aren’t there more Bay Area barbecue spots? High costs, logistics," 2 July 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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