[ 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

SYNONYMS FOR mediation

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.

Related forms

non·me·di·a·tion, nounsub·me·di·a·tion, noun

Can be confused

arbitration mediation (see synonym study at the current entry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mediation

British Dictionary definitions for mediation


/ (ˌmiːdɪˈeɪʃən) /


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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Culture definitions for mediation


The attempt to settle a dispute through a neutral party.

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