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mediator

[ mee-dee-ey-ter ]
/ ˈmi diˌeɪ tər /
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noun

a person who mediates, especially between parties at variance.

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Origin of mediator

1250–1300; <Late Latin (see mediate, -tor); replacing Middle English mediatour<Anglo-French <Late Latin, as above
me·di·a·tor·ship, nounun·der·me·di·a·tor, noun
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What does mediator mean?

A mediator is a person who mediates—helps 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.

The act or process of mediating is called mediation. 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 act as a mediator for two friends by mediating their argument. But the word is perhaps most commonly used in more specific ways in formal situations, such as when a mediator mediates a labor dispute between a company and its striking employees or when a mediator mediates a divorce for two spouses.

When mediation occurs in an official or legal context, such as when it has been ordered by a judge, it is often called arbitration and is performed by an arbitrator. 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’d like to act as a mediator while you talk it out and try to come to an understanding.

Where does mediator come from?

The first records of the word mediator come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin verb mediāre, meaning “to be in the middle” or “to intercede.” The words intermediary and medium are related. The suffix -tor is used to indicate a person who performs a certain action—in this case, the action of mediating.

Being a mediator involves interceding in the middle of a conflict. A mediator is not there to take sides but instead to help promote agreement or reconciliation. In other words, the point of being a mediator is to help find common ground so that there is no longer a need to mediate. Successful mediation often involves compromise.

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How is mediator used in real life?

The word mediator can be used in both formal and informal contexts, but it always involves someone acting to help two parties who are in conflict.

 

 

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Which of the following words is a synonym of mediator?

A. intermediary
B. go-between
C. arbitrator
D. all of the above

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