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

Examples of mediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the human relations department investigated the event, the other teacher was back teaching, without any sort of mediation or restitution between the two employees. Jennah Pendleton, Sacramento Bee, 10 July 2024 Her lawyers said the singer was willing to pay for private mediation in the meantime if Allman would agree to participate. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 16 May 2024 Finally, provide meaningful mediation intervention. Harry Mazadoorian, Hartford Courant, 18 Apr. 2024 Business Court Chief Judge Jim Gale was assigned to oversee mediation in the case. Catherine Muccigrosso, Charlotte Observer, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for mediation 

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Mediation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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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