Definition of mediation in US English:



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

    ‘the parties have sought mediation and it has failed’
    • ‘While we hope that most disputes will then be resolved through mediation, legal action will be made possible in the last resort.’
    • ‘My understanding is that counsel decided in the context of failed mediation not to proceed with a pretrial.’
    • ‘The Vietnamese army withdrew in 1989, and in 1991 four of the parties involved in the conflict concluded a peace treaty, under UN 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.’
    • ‘Should conciliation fail, the parties could then enter into 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 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.’
    • ‘Mediation has been repeatedly called for in the loyalist feud.’
    • ‘As a result, conflicts over rights and responsibilities required intense negotiation and mediation.’
    • ‘Consequently, they are encouraging voluntary binding arbitration or nonbinding mediation in more cases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The lessons had been learnt and, through enlightened policies, respect for national sovereignty and the mediation of the United Nations, peace would prevail.’
    • ‘The other side has consistently refused mediation, the logical solution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Less serious complaints could be dealt by agreement with the complainant, internally or through mediation.’
    • ‘There is a difference between mediation that fails and mediation that does not even start because one party refuses to participate at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children who participate in conflict mediation on a regular basis improve in their ability to engage in the process.’
    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’
      • ‘Furthermore, he holds that certain primitive emotions influence action tendencies without the mediation of propositions or concepts.’
      • ‘Many forms of Hindu worship do not require the mediation of a priest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 idea is that with specific provision (scaffolding) and mediation (adult guidance, especially through language) children can learn at a far greater speed than otherwise.’
      • ‘This approach to information retrieval still involves human mediation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The analysis tracks political activists in their astute mediations between myth and reality.’
      • ‘Maybe in the humanities there is no recourse from representation, mediation, story-telling, and social saturation.’
      • ‘Platonism accomplishes the intellectual love of God through the mathematical mediation; Christianity renders this intellectual love flesh in the incarnation.’
      • ‘Further, one moment in the class-element has in the sphere of politics the special function of mediation, mediation between two existing things.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, much of what humans do best - athletics, playing instruments - we do automatically and without the mediation of reflection.’
      • ‘The mechanism responsible for this pattern involves the mediation of interaction strength by microclimate.’