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

Examples of mediation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in this case, Ment doesn’t expect mediation to be successful. Emily Brindley,, "Simsbury police commission votes to fire officer at chief’s recommendation," 6 Nov. 2019 Spousal support, as well as the separation of their assets and properties, will be determined in mediation, according to the documents. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Adele Requests Joint Custody of Son Angelo, 6, with Ex Simon Konecki in Divorce Filing," 13 Sep. 2019 Rogers, the Cotter sons, and lawyers for all have been in mediation, which is expected to resume next week, Reed said. Patrick Danner,, "Cotter heirs battle over San Antonio real estate tycoon’s estate," 12 Sep. 2019 After a period of mediation, the council filed a counterclaim this summer. John Sharp |, al, "Will Mobile’s legal wrangling slow stadium improvements?," 11 Sep. 2019 An independent Catholic peacemaking agency, the Sant’Egidio community, has been deeply involved in mediation in Mozambique, and Francis will add his weight to the cause of reconciliation with Renamo veterans. The Economist, "Why Pope Francis struggles in Africa," 7 Sep. 2019 Since the release of that report, Ohio State has released a public apology and claimed that all claims are time-barred by law, but all lawsuits are in mediation. Stephen Means,, "The Pac-12 to consider earlier kickoff times this season: Buckeye Breakfast," 26 July 2019 Tehran has also ignored offers of mediation from Oman and Qatar, and has dismissed out of hand statements from Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. was open to negotiations, without preconditions. Bobby Ghosh, The Denver Post, "Commentary: Trump’s Iran sanctions are the sane alternative to military action," 28 June 2019 The prospect of mediation is at least the second time there has been an attempt to formally resolve the players’ lawsuit. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Women’s Team and Soccer Federation Agree to Mediation in Pay-Equity Suit," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of mediation

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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