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

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During a mediation session on Aug. 23, the district received a request to bargain with SPEA educators Friday, according to a joint release from the union and the Colorado Education Association. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "South Park Education Association members authorize strike over salaries," 4 Sep. 2019 Soviet mediation at the end of the 1965 war had not been popular in either India or Pakistan, and the Soviets were poised to insert themselves even deeper into South Asian affairs at the end of the 1971 war to the detriment of both countries. Johann Chacko, Quartz India, "With Kashmir move, India risks losing the upper hand of a responsible, nuclear-armed democracy," 6 Aug. 2019 Both sides tried to settle contract talks in a June 2017 mediation session, too, but the talks stalled and the union sued the city in a separate case. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Turner, firefighters set for third try at mediation to resolve pay dispute," 31 July 2019 No one has threatened to sue the city, so the mediation is not an attempt to prevent that, said Formas, the mayor’s spokeswoman. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Amid threats and rising tensions, Seattle hires mediator over 35th Avenue Northeast road project," 23 Oct. 2018 The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Soccer Federation tentatively agreed last month to mediation, which is expected to begin now that the World Cup is over. Samantha Sasso,, "Secret Deodorant Is Joining The U.S. Women's Soccer Team's Fight For Equal Pay," 15 July 2019 That new tool loomed over the recent round of negotiations, with the union threatening to use it in April before agreeing to continue talks in mediation. Dylan Mcguinness,, "San Antonio firefighters take contract dispute to binding arbitration," 2 July 2019 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

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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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