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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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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.

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