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Definition of Mediation

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arbitration; intervention; reconciliation; act of mediating between two parties; act of bringing peace between two nations who are at dispute (International Law)
Mediation Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
The act of mediating; action or relation of anything interposed; action as a necessary condition, means, or instrument; interposition; intervention.
  
(a.)
Hence, specifically, agency between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; entreaty for another; intercession.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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mediation
\me`di*a"tion\ (?), n. [oe. mediacioun, f. médiation. see mediate, a.]
1. the act of mediating; action or relation of anything interposed; action as a necessary condition, means, or instrument; interposition; intervention. the soul [acts] by the mediation of these passions.
2. hence, specifically, agency between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them; entreaty for another; intercession.

JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Cyfryngdod = n. mediation
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. negotiation to resolve differences conducted by some impartial party
(hypernym) negotiation, dialogue, talks
(hyponym) arbitration
(derivation) intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise, arbitrate
2. the act of mediating
(synonym) intermediation
(hypernym) intervention, intercession
(derivation) intercede, mediate, intermediate, liaise, arbitrate
Mediation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), a way of resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community and family matters.

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Mediation Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
MEDIATION - A method of alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party helps resolve a dispute. The mediator does not have the power to impose a decision on the parties. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, the parties can pursue a lawsuit. A non-adversarial process where a neutral person (a mediator) meets with disputing persons to help them settle the dispute. The mediator, however, does not have the power to impose a solution on the parties.

Mediation is often used to help a divorcing or divorced couple work out their differences concerning alimony, child support, custody, visitation and division of property. Some lawyers and mental health professionals employ mediation as part of their practice. Six states require mediation in custody and visitation disputes. Eighteen states allow courts to order mediation while one state permits voluntary mediation. A few states have started using mediation to resolve financial issues as well.

The act of some mutual friend of two contending parties, who brings them to agree, compromise or settle their disputes.

MEDIATOR - One who interposes between two contending parties, with their consent, for the purpose of assisting them in settling their differences. Sometimes this term is applied to an officer who is appointed by a sovereign nation to promote the settlement of disputes between two other nations.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
The most popular form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), mediation involves the appointment of a mediator who acts as a facilitator assisting the parties in communicating, essentially negotiating a settlement. - (read more on Mediation)
  
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Divorcesource.com Dictionary
a non - adversarial divorce procedure where the spouses are assisted in reaching a settlement by a neutral third party that is trained in the divorce process.
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
An informal voluntary process allowing parties to work with a neutral third party (the "mediator") to develop a separation agreement. An agreement developed with a mediator is said to be a "mediated agreement."
Where appropriate, mediation is an excellent way to develop a separation agreement. Remember, the process is voluntary, so if either party refuses to continue, the mediation is terminated. Mediation requires cooperation and communication between the parties. You must trust each other financially to make full disclosure of each other’s financial condition and future earnings opportunities. Each party has his or her attorney review the agreement before it is signed.
Mediators are not marriage counselors, but may help you develop a parenting plan. We advise our clients to go this route where appropriate, but mediation is not suitable for everyone. Interestingly, more men are satisfied with the result than women who tend to believe that they would have done better before a judge.
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
An informal, voluntary process allowing parties to work with a neutral third party (the "mediator") to develop a separation agreement. An agreement developed with a mediator is said to be a "mediated agreement."
European Commission Glossary of Justice and home affairs
Intervention between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement. (See Judicial-civil: Alternative dispute resolution, Judicial-criminal)
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Canadian Insolvency Dictionary
An alternate dispute mechanism whereby the mediator acts as a facilitator assisting the parties in coming to a mutually agreed settlement.  Under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, mediation can be used, for example, if a creditor or the Trustee opposes a bankrupt's discharge.