- 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
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- a comedy (c300 b.c.) by Menander, extant only as a fragment.
Examples from the Web for arbitration
After two years, the dispute ended with an arbitration ruling in favor of Savage.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
The suit was tossed out of a Brooklyn courthouse because it was already ordered to arbitration by a California court.His Reputation Precedes Him: Dov Charney’s Blacklist
June 19, 2014
The case is being heard at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, also located in The Hague.Serbia and Croatia’s Competing Genocide Claims
March 11, 2014
But when they came together in what worked like an arbitration process, they found common ground.CEO Solutions to the Shutdown
William L. McComb
October 14, 2013
The show really jumps back and forth through time this season, flashing back to the arbitration scenes with Marcia Gay Harden.Jeff Daniels on the Most Explosive Episode of ‘The Newsroom’ Yet
August 26, 2013
The Greek Government had put no impediment in the way of arbitration.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
With such men there could be no arbitration, and in fact there was no need.The Harbor
These decisions are given by, what may be called, a court of arbitration and a court of appeal.Bremen Cotton Exchange
Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
It is not founded on the principle of arbitration or compulsion.
It is therefore basically not a plan of arbitration, nor is it an industrial court.
- 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
Word Origin and History for arbitration
late 14c., "absolute decision," from Old French arbitracion, from Latin arbitrationem (nominative arbitratio) "judgment, will," noun of action from past participle stem of arbitrari "to be of an opinion, give a decision," from arbiter (see arbiter). Meaning "settlement of a dispute by a third party" is from 1630s.
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.