Definition of alternative dispute resolution in English:

alternative dispute resolution

(also ADR)


North American
  • The use of methods such as mediation and arbitration to resolve a dispute instead of litigation.

    • ‘That little pamphlet might be worth a second look, especially if it talks about arbitration or alternative dispute resolution.’
    • ‘We need some king of alternative dispute resolution where both parties can file a few pieces of paper and someone gives them an opinion.’
    • ‘In addition to these trends, there is an increasing emphasis on alternative dispute resolution and privatized forums for handling certain legal issues, such as in-house tribunals within companies.’
    • ‘She points to the gradual shift away from litigation as a preference for alternative dispute resolution and mediation methods, largely because of an overloaded court system.’
    • ‘Ultimately, in the proper circumstances structured settlements are one of the most effective forms of alternative dispute resolution.’