Definition of alternative dispute resolution in English:

alternative dispute resolution

Syllabification: al·ter·na·tive dis·pute res·o·lu·tion
(abbreviation: ADR)


chiefly North American
The use of methods such as mediation and arbitration to resolve a dispute instead of litigation.
More example sentences
  • She points to the gradual shift away from litigation as a preference for alternative dispute resolution and mediation methods, largely because of an overloaded court system.
  • That little pamphlet might be worth a second look, especially if it talks about arbitration or alternative dispute resolution.
  • Ultimately, in the proper circumstances structured settlements are one of the most effective forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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