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v. me·di·at·ed, me·di·at·ing, me·di·ates
1. To resolve or settle (differences) by working with all the conflicting parties: mediate a labor-management dispute.
2. To bring about (a settlement, for example) by working with all the conflicting parties.
a. To effect or convey as an intermediate agent or mechanism: chemicals that mediate inflammation.
b. Physics To convey (a force) between subatomic particles.
1. To work with two or more disputants in order to bring about an agreement, settlement, or compromise.
2. To settle or reconcile differences: "[George] Eliot's effort to mediate between the conflicting demands of representation and readability in the [novel's] dialect usage" (Carol A. Martin).
3. To have a relation to two differing persons, groups, or things: psychological processes that mediate between stimulus and response.
adj. (-ĭt)
1. Acting through, involving, or dependent on an intervening agency.
2. Being in a middle position.

[Late Latin mediāre, mediāt-, to be in the middle, from Latin medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots.]

me′di·ate·ly (-ĭt-lē) adv.
me′di·a′tion (-ā′shən) n.
me′di·a′tive, me′di·a·to′ry (mē′dē-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
References in classic literature ?
While Joe was slicing bacon for breakfast, Tom and Huck asked him to hold on a minute; they stepped to a promising nook in the river-bank and threw in their lines; almost im- mediately they had reward.
There I was im- mediately set to calking, and very soon learned the art of using my mallet and irons.
As he perceived her, she had im- mediately begun to stare up through the high tree branches at the sky.
We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors.
Of those held, four men and one women are char ged with offences com mitted inside or outside the ground, during or im mediately after the game.
I define a sign as anything which is so determined by something else, called its Object, and so determines an effect upon a person, which effect I call its interpretant, that the latter is thereby mediately determined by the former" (Peirce, 1998, p.
13) See HALL, supra note 5, at 2 ("Thus, either mediately or directly, knowledge of jurisprudence permeates the entire enterprise of the study and practice of law even if that influence is not always consciously perceived.
On the 16th June at 7 oClock in the morning we had the route to march mediately from Grammont in Flanders to oin the Grand Army marched on that day ill 11 oClock at night and halted for about 5 houers next morning march of till about 7 oClock in the Evning the 17th at which time we joined the Army which was in formation for action we imediately found line but nothing dun that night, on the 18th about 10 o'clock the Battle Begun and Continued very hot till about 8 oClock in the evening at which time the French begin to retreat
It is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this, and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.
According to New York Debtor & Creditor Law section 278(1), the judgment creditor has no rights against "a purchaser for fair consideration without knowledge of the fraud at the time of the purchase, or one who has derived title immediately or mediately from such a purchaser.
And this guilt or obligation to punishment with respect to the violation of Gods Law is called guilt of Conscience because the Devine Law is that which only either mediately or immediately lays hold upon the Conscience as I shall have occasion at large to declare when I come to the particular discussion of the part of the Divine Law which is called the Law of Nature;