action in mediating between parties, as to effect an agreement or reconciliation.
International Law. an attempt to effect a peaceful settlement between disputing nations through the friendly good offices of another power.

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin mediātiōn- (stem of mediātiō). See mediate, -ion

nonmediation, noun
submediation, noun

arbitration, mediation (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. Mediation, arbitration designate processes for bringing about agreement or reconciliation between opponents in a dispute. Mediation implies deliberation that results in solutions that may or may not be accepted by the contending parties. Arbitration involves a more formal deliberation, it being understood that the results will be binding on the contending parties. Unabridged
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mediation (ˌmiːdɪˈeɪʃən)
1.  the act of mediating; intercession
2.  international law an attempt to reconcile disputed matters arising between states, esp by the friendly intervention of a neutral power
3.  a method of resolving an industrial dispute whereby a third party consults with those involved and recommends a solution which is not, however, binding on the parties

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from M.L. mediationem (nom. mediatio), from mediatus (see mediator).
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Cultural Dictionary

mediation definition

The attempt to settle a dispute through a neutral party.

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Example sentences
The failure of the lawyers to sign the affirmation means that no mediation can
  take place.
Mediation is an interesting subject and it is also in demand.
We had the telephone, already a great mediation device, both imposing and
  reducing distance between people.
They are self-centered because that is the mediation of the conversation.
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