nounchiefly North American
The use of methods such as mediation and arbitration to resolve a dispute instead of litigation.
- 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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Syllabification: al·ter·na·tive dis·pute res·o·lu·tion
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