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mediatrix

[ mee-dee-ey-triks ]
/ ˌmi diˈeɪ trɪks /
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noun, plural me·di·a·tri·ces [mee-dee-uh-trahy-seez, -ey-tri-seez], /ˌmi di əˈtraɪ siz, -ˈeɪ trɪˌsiz/, me·di·a·trix·es.

a woman who mediates, especially between parties at variance.

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Also me·di·a·tress, me·di·a·trice [mee-dee-ey-tris]. /ˌmi diˈeɪ trɪs/.

Origin of mediatrix

1425–75; late Middle English <Late Latin mediātrīx, feminine of mediātormediator; see -trix
See -ess, -trix.
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What does mediatrix mean?

Mediatrix is a term for a female mediator—a woman who mediates or 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.

Another word for mediatrix is mediatress. Usually, the gender-neutral term mediator is used. The plural of mediatrix can be mediatrices or mediatrixes.

A mediatrix acts as an impartial third party to guide the communication between the conflicting parties.

Although the word mediator can be used in informal situations, mediatrix is typically used in formal ones, such as the mediation of a labor dispute between a company and its striking employees or the mediation of a divorce.

Example: She was a world-class mediatrix who was brought in to mediate the toughest negotiations.

Where does mediatrix come from?

The first records of the word mediatrix come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb mediāre, meaning “to be in the middle” or “to intercede.” The words intermediary and medium are related. The ending -trix is used in words that specifically refer to a female, such as directrix and aviatrix.

Today, words like mediatrix are not commonly used. When they are used, it’s often by women applying the terms to themselves. Such terms are also sometimes used to emphasize that a woman has done some kind of groundbreaking work. For example, Amelia Earhart is often referred to as a pioneering aviatrix.

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  • mediatrices (plural)
  • mediatrixes (plural)

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How is mediatrix used in real life?

The word mediatrix is not commonly used.

 

 

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Is mediatrix used correctly in the following sentence?

He was the best mediatrix in the business for labor disputes.

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