Definition of mediation in English:



mass noun
  • 1Intervention in a dispute in order to resolve it; arbitration.

    ‘the parties have sought mediation and it has failed’
    • ‘The other side has consistently refused mediation, the logical solution.’
    • ‘Mediation has been repeatedly called for in the loyalist feud.’
    • ‘The lessons had been learnt and, through enlightened policies, respect for national sovereignty and the mediation of the United Nations, peace would prevail.’
    • ‘As a result, conflicts over rights and responsibilities required intense negotiation and mediation.’
    • ‘While we hope that most disputes will then be resolved through mediation, legal action will be made possible in the last resort.’
    • ‘If informal mediation is unsuccessful, or the parties involved do not feel comfortable approaching one another one-on-one, the issue goes to formal mediation.’
    • ‘Mediation provides an opportunity for the two parties to discuss the problem and, together, work out a solution, in an informal setting.’
    • ‘The agency's next step is to attempt resolution through mediation.’
    • ‘For example, we will learn whether information about the benefits of mediation would be more useful later in the process of divorce and separation.’
    • ‘The Vietnamese army withdrew in 1989, and in 1991 four of the parties involved in the conflict concluded a peace treaty, under UN mediation.’
    • ‘The parties have been in mediation for five weeks.’
    • ‘And frankly, I think that that may not be a bad idea if it's done in a controlled manner through U.S. mediation.’
    • ‘Should conciliation fail, the parties could then enter into mediation.’
    • ‘There is a difference between mediation that fails and mediation that does not even start because one party refuses to participate at all.’
    • ‘These two facts combine to make the Commission an extremely important legislative actor, especially when there are inter-institutional disagreements on legislative content and mediation and brokerage are required.’
    • ‘My understanding is that counsel decided in the context of failed mediation not to proceed with a pretrial.’
    • ‘Consequently, they are encouraging voluntary binding arbitration or nonbinding mediation in more cases.’
    • ‘Children who participate in conflict mediation on a regular basis improve in their ability to engage in the process.’
    • ‘Less serious complaints could be dealt by agreement with the complainant, internally or through mediation.’
    • ‘Increasing the awareness and uptake of alternative methods of dispute resolution such as arbitration, mediation and adjudication is key to an effective civil justice system.’
    conciliation, arbitration, reconciliation, intervention, intercession, interposition, good offices
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    1. 1.1 Intervention in a process or relationship; intercession.
      ‘they are offering sacrifice and mediation between God and man’
      • ‘Maybe in the humanities there is no recourse from representation, mediation, story-telling, and social saturation.’
      • ‘With time the Church began to understand itself as the extension of Jesus Christ, as the place where the salvific mediation of Christ is accomplished.’
      • ‘Many forms of Hindu worship do not require the mediation of a priest.’
      • ‘The analysis tracks political activists in their astute mediations between myth and reality.’
      • ‘The idea is that with specific provision (scaffolding) and mediation (adult guidance, especially through language) children can learn at a far greater speed than otherwise.’
      • ‘The practice of directly connecting individual psychology and a political exigency or objective, without the mediation of moral personality, moral norms or moral reasons, has become quite widespread.’
      • ‘The good news is, however, that using integrative negotiation and peer mediation procedures to process academic material has the additional benefit of positively affecting human relations.’
      • ‘Further, one moment in the class-element has in the sphere of politics the special function of mediation, mediation between two existing things.’
      • ‘Platonism accomplishes the intellectual love of God through the mathematical mediation; Christianity renders this intellectual love flesh in the incarnation.’
      • ‘This approach to information retrieval still involves human mediation.’
      • ‘Indeed, much of what humans do best - athletics, playing instruments - we do automatically and without the mediation of reflection.’
      • ‘Always in his own eyes weak, wretched, and vile, unworthy of the smallest blessing, he rested solely on the merit and mediation of His great High Priest.’
      • ‘The mechanism responsible for this pattern involves the mediation of interaction strength by microclimate.’
      • ‘Furthermore, he holds that certain primitive emotions influence action tendencies without the mediation of propositions or concepts.’