Origin of mediation
synonym study for mediation
OTHER WORDS FROM mediationnon·me·di·a·tion, nounsub·me·di·a·tion, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mediationarbitration, mediation (see synonym study at the current entry)
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What does mediation mean?
Mediation is the act or process of mediating—helping to settle a dispute or create agreement when there is conflict between two or more people or groups by acting as an intermediary or go-between for those parties.
A person who acts as an intermediary or go-between in this way can be called a mediator. Mediation always involves a mediator acting as an impartial third party to guide the communication between the conflicting parties.
Sometimes, mediation happens in an informal way. You might help two friends participate in an informal mediation to help settle an argument. But the word is perhaps most commonly used in more specific ways in formal situations, such as mediation between a company and its striking employees or mediation between spouses who are getting divorced.
When mediation occurs in an official or legal context, such as when it has been ordered by a judge, it is often called arbitration. Arbitration usually involves a decision that the parties are bound by. Mediation is typically less formal and usually involves suggestions for settling differences, as opposed to binding decisions.
Example: I know you two have your differences, so I recommend engaging in some formal mediation to see if you can come to an understanding.
Where does mediation come from?
The first records of the word mediation come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb mediāre, meaning “to be in the middle” or “to intercede.” The words intermediary and medium are related.
Mediation involves a third party interceding in the middle of a conflict. This person, called a mediator, is not there to take sides but instead to help promote agreement or reconciliation. In other words, the point of mediation is to find common ground so that there is no longer a need for a mediator. Successful mediation often involves compromise.
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What are some other forms related to mediation?
- mediate (verb)
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How is mediation used in real life?
The word mediation is most commonly used in formal contexts.
I was wondering why I felt so uncomfortable watching this debate, then I realized I probably have some unresolved trauma from some past roommate conflict mediation meetings.
— Eric (@eric_kang) September 30, 2020
“As a lawyer, I knew that confusion around terms like “mediation”, “arbitration” and “conciliation” can spell disaster,” said Ms Delcy Lagones de Anglim, an accredited mediator since 2014. #FacesofSCM #TgtWeWin #SGMediates pic.twitter.com/3pLW0SfZls
— Ministry of Law, Singapore (@minlawsg) October 3, 2020
Delighted to see family law taking centre stage. Badly needed reform for matrimonial litigants & lay litigants. Access to mediation/welfare services on site will also be hugely beneficial for access/guardianship/divorce/separation. https://t.co/9uAuhDAk8O
— ⚖️Josepha Madigan ✨ (@josephamadigan) October 2, 2020
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How to use mediation in a sentence
The commission could bring a case on her behalf against Golf Channel, take the case to mediation or dismiss it and give her a right-to-sue letter.At Golf Channel, women say, sexism fuels a ‘boys’ club’ culture|Ben Strauss|March 4, 2021|Washington Post
If a deal can’t be reached, the law calls for mediation to determine how much the platforms must pay publishers.
The news organizations then filed an appeal in February and entered into mediation with the state.Lawyers Who Were Ineligible to Handle Serious Criminal Charges Were Given Thousands of These Cases Anyway|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor, and Agnel Philip, ProPublica|February 23, 2021|ProPublica
Paoletta said they have even witnessed family mediations via the team’s handwritten letters.Not getting any travel postcards? A project in Mali delivers delight — and a lifeline.|Bailey Berg|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
Landlords can choose to work with residents outside of court or use mediation services, such as the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, according to local tenant advocate attorneys, but state law does not require them to do so.She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right.|by Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette, and Talia Buford and Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica|August 25, 2020|ProPublica
Late last year, she started to meet with the foster parents for monthly mediation sessions.
For pages on end it is a compelling mediation on belief, betrayal, and grief.
The U.S. could play a crucial role here in dispatching issue experts and other support to whatever mediation effort unfolds.
ISIS provides social services such as conflict mediation as well.
Why, given the history of U.S. mediation, should anyone be anything but skeptical and cynical of the “peace process?”
In what way does assimilation involve the mediation of individual differences?Introduction to the Science of Sociology|Robert E. Park
However, Moses' mediation consisted only in changing the tone of the Law to make it more tolerable to the people.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
There is a confused rumor here of a mediation of Russia and Holland, but I am persuaded without foundation.
At the last moment, diplomatic mediation on the part of England and France succeeded in averting war.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year|Edwin Emerson
A good choice—seconds not given to mediation, will attempt no friendly settlement on the ground.'The conquest of Rome|Matilde Serao
British Dictionary definitions for mediation
Cultural definitions for mediation
The attempt to settle a dispute through a neutral party.