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[mee-dee-ey-shuh n] /ˌmi diˈeɪ ʃən/
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.
Origin of mediation
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin mediātiōn- (stem of mediātiō). See mediate, -ion
Related forms
nonmediation, noun
submediation, noun
Can be confused
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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Examples from the web for mediation
  • The failure of the lawyers to sign the affirmation means that no mediation can take place.
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  • 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.
  • After several arrests, the local faction called for mediation.
  • The climate mediation model also indicated that the amount of rainfall could also be manipulated.
  • It goes against the general trend towards counselling, mediation and out-of-court settlement.
  • For some people, the mediation of a television host or reporter is essential, protecting them from an unfamiliar world.
  • He returned to the state labor agency for a year, then was appointed to the mediation board.
  • Boards can also avoid expensive litigation by using arbitration or mediation.
British Dictionary definitions for mediation


the act of mediating; intercession
(international law) an attempt to reconcile disputed matters arising between states, esp by the friendly intervention of a neutral power
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 and History for mediation

late 14c., from Medieval Latin mediationem (nominative mediatio) "a division in the middle," noun of action from past participle stem of mediare (see mediator). Related: Mediational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mediation in Culture

mediation definition

The attempt to settle a dispute through a neutral party.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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