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 mediation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of mediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The programs can include mediation, law office management assistance, monitoring of an attorney's practice or trust account procedures, continuing legal education, ethics school and more. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Oct. 2021 Those issues could be resolved through mediation before or after the termination, as well as years of litigation. NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021 The two sides in the photo-sharing case unsuccessfully tried to reach a resolution through mediation in June. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 LuLaRoe said in February 2019 that the two companies had settled their dispute through mediation. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 11 Sep. 2021 Prior to that, her job for 15 years was with the law firm Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease operating its mediation and arbitration program. cleveland, 4 Sep. 2021 In Restoring Promise units, older incarcerated people act as mentors to coach young adults, who take classes on financial literacy, conflict mediation, and other life skills. Vera Institute Of Justice, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 To build upon the success achieved with the public record mediation program and further promote more open and transparent government operations, the StaRS public records system was launched in November 2019. cleveland, 23 Sep. 2021 New Britain High also plans more use of its peer mediation, where student volunteers talk with students involved in disputes to try to head off fights. Don Stacom,, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mediation

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Mediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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 mediation (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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