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Use of an independent, impartial, and respected third party (called the conciliator or mediator) in settlement of a dispute, instead of opting for arbitration or litigation. Unlike an arbitrator, a mediator has no legal power to force acceptance of his or her decision but relies on persuasion to reach an agreement. Also called conciliation.

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When they were unable to reach an agreement, Paula and Tim called in a third party for mediation to solve their current issue.
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The company employed an unbiased third party to head the mediation of the new merger talks so that the best possible agreement could be had.
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When the two parties could not come to an agreement, they had to have a third party come in for mediation.
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