Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of mediating; intervention.
  • n. The state of being mediated.
  • n. Law An attempt to bring about a peaceful settlement or compromise between disputants through the objective intervention of a neutral party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. negotiation to resolve differences conducted by some impartial party.
  • n. the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of mediating; action or relation of anything interposed; action as a necessary condition, means, or instrument; interposition; intervention.
  • n. Hence, specifically, agency between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; entreaty for another; intercession.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of mediating; intervention; interposition.
  • n. Agency between parties with a view to reconcile them or to effect some arrangement between them; entreaty for another; intercession.
  • n. The state of being mediate, or of serving as a medium or means; intermediate relation; a coming between.
  • n. Means; aid; help.
  • n. In music: In Gregorian music, that part of a melody which lies between the intonation and the ending—that is, the main part of the melody.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
  • n. a negotiation to resolve differences that is conducted by some impartial party

Etymologies

From Late Latin mediātiō (perhaps via Middle French mediation/mediacion) from mediārī ("intervene"), from Latin medius ("middle"). (Wiktionary)

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