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[ ahr-bi-trey-shuhn ]


  1. the hearing and determining of a dispute or the settling of differences between parties by a person or persons chosen or agreed to by them:

    Rather than risk a long strike, the union and management agreed to arbitration.

  2. International Law. the application of judicial methods to the settlement of international disputes.


/ ˌɑːbɪˈtreɪʃən /


  1. law the hearing and determination of a dispute, esp an industrial dispute, by an impartial referee selected or agreed upon by the parties concerned
  2. international law the procedure laid down for the settlement of international disputes


  1. The settling of disputes (especially labor disputes) between two parties by an impartial third party, whose decision the contending parties agree to accept. Arbitration is often used to resolve conflict diplomatically to prevent a more serious confrontation.

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  • arbi·tration·al adjective
  • arbi·tration·ist noun
  • proar·bi·tration adjective
  • proar·bi·tration·ist noun adjective
  • rear·bi·tration noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of arbitration1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin arbitrātiōn- (stem of arbitrātiō ), equivalent to arbitrāt(us) ( arbitrate ) + -iōn- noun suffix; -ion

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Example Sentences

By introducing a flawed arbitration model and unworkable requirements for algorithm notifications, the Code exposes Google to unreasonable and unmanageable levels of financial and operational risk.

ProPublica wrote about Arise in October, drawing on transcripts of arbitration hearings, financial slides, corporate contracts and other records.

This is his third year of arbitration eligibility, putting him on track to reach free agency after the 2022 season.

Not only is the nursing home claiming immunity, but it is also asserting that the family’s claims must be made in arbitration.

Employee uprisings also led the company to limit the use of forced arbitration that same year.

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After two years, the dispute ended with an arbitration ruling in favor of Savage.

The suit was tossed out of a Brooklyn courthouse because it was already ordered to arbitration by a California court.

The case is being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, also located in The Hague.

What makes binding arbitration so effective is the imperative that both sides must agree up front to support the outcome.

But when they came together in what worked like an arbitration process, they found common ground.

After lunch and the arbitration proceedings had been despatched, our Pegasus towed us back.

This year closed, however, before the dispute was terminated: it was still left open to arbitration.

If the landlord declined to accept the amount offered, the value should be adjusted by arbitration.

Harry was mentioned only once—in connection with his letter to Iver about the Arbitration.

Guatemala previously had given its adhesion to the principles of arbitration promulgated under The Hague Convention.


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More About Arbitration

What does arbitration mean?

Arbitration is a process in which two parties in a dispute use an independent, impartial third party to settle the dispute, often by making a decision that they both agree to.

For a process to be considered arbitration, it must involve an impartial third party, which can be a single person or a team of people. This person or team is called an arbitrator. To act as this arbitrator is to arbitrate. Arbitrate can also mean to engage in arbitration, as in If we can’t come to an agreement, we may need to arbitrate.

The term arbitration is especially used in the context of negotiations between businesses and labor unions. When the two sides can’t agree and negotiations are unproductive, they may seek to pursue arbitration by bringing in an arbitrator.

An arbitration process in which the arbitrator’s decision must be accepted by both parties is sometimes called binding arbitration—meaning the arbitrator’s decision is final and legally binding.

Example: After weeks of negotiations stalled and resulted in an impasse, the two sides agreed to enter arbitration.

Where does arbitration come from?

The first records of the word arbitration come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb arbitrāri, meaning “to give judgment.”

Arbitration is typically used in a more specific way than the word mediation. Mediation generally refers to a process in which an impartial third party (called a mediator) helps parties to settle a dispute or create agreement by acting as an intermediary. This can happen in the workplace or simply among friends, for example. In contrast, arbitration typically refers to a more formal form of mediation—often one that happens in a legal context. In this way, an arbitrator is a kind of mediator and arbitrating is a form of mediating.

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Arbitration is most commonly used in the context of labor disputes.

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