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[verb mee-dee-eyt; adjective mee-dee-it] /verb ˈmi diˌeɪt; adjective ˈmi di ɪt/
verb (used with object), mediated, mediating.
to settle (disputes, strikes, etc.) as an intermediary between parties; reconcile.
to bring about (an agreement, accord, truce, peace, etc.) as an intermediary between parties by compromise, reconciliation, removal of misunderstanding, etc.
to effect (a result) or convey (a message, gift, etc.) by or as if by an intermediary.
verb (used without object), mediated, mediating.
to act between parties to effect an agreement, compromise, reconciliation, etc.
to occupy an intermediate place or position.
acting through, dependent on, or involving an intermediate agency; not direct or immediate.
Origin of mediate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre to be in the middle, intercede. See medium, -ate1
Related forms
mediately, adverb
mediateness, noun
remediate, verb (used with object), remediated, remediating.
self-mediating, adjective
unmediated, adjective
unmediating, adjective
1, 2. arbitrate. 4. intercede, interpose. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unmediated
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  • Whatever his religion, he is morally authorised to labour against these unmediated evils with the heartiest intolerance.

  • But at the end we must confess that the notion of real cognition involves an unmediated dualism of the knower and the known.

    The Meaning of Truth William James
British Dictionary definitions for unmediated


verb (ˈmiːdɪˌeɪt)
(intransitive; usually foll by between or in) to intervene (between parties or in a dispute) in order to bring about agreement
to bring about (an agreement)
to bring about (an agreement) between parties in a dispute
to resolve (differences) by mediation
(intransitive) to be in a middle or intermediate position
(transitive) to serve as a medium for causing (a result) or transferring (objects, information, etc)
adjective (ˈmiːdɪɪt)
occurring as a result of or dependent upon mediation
a rare word for intermediate
(logic) (of an inference) having more than one premise, esp, being syllogistic in form
Derived Forms
mediately, adverb
mediateness, noun
mediative, mediatory, mediatorial, adjective
mediator, noun
mediatorially, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for unmediated

1640s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of mediate.



1540s, "divide in two equal parts," probably a back-formation from mediation or mediator, or else from Latin mediatus, past participle of mediare. Meaning "act as a mediator" is from 1610s; that of "settle by mediation" is from 1560s. Related: Mediated, mediates, mediating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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unmediated in Medicine

mediate me·di·ate (mē'dē-āt')
v. me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates
To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism. adj. (-ĭt)
Being in a middle position.

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unmediated in Science
To effect or convey a force between subatomic particles. The gauge bosons, for example, mediate the four fundamental forces of nature.
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