arbitration

[ ahr-bi-trey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɑr bɪˈtreɪ ʃən /

noun

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

Origin of arbitration

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin arbitrātiōn- (stem of arbitrātiō), equivalent to arbitrāt(us) (see arbitrate) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

Can be confused

arbitration mediation (see synonym study at mediation)

Definition for arbitration (2 of 2)

Arbitration, The


noun

a comedy (c300 b.c.) by Menander, extant only as a fragment.
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British Dictionary definitions for arbitration

arbitration

/ (ˌɑːbɪˈtreɪʃən) /

noun

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

arbitration


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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