alternative dispute resolution
alternative dispute resolution n: a forum or means for resolving disputes (as arbitration or private judging) that exists outside the state or federal judicial system

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

alternative dispute resolution
noun alternative litigation resolution, alternative means to litigation, alternative method of resolving a dispute, arbitration, litigation substitute, means to resolve a dispute, mediation, pretrial mediation Specifically arbitration, mediation, pretrial mediation

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


Alternative Dispute Resolution
A fairly recent US-inspired innovation which may be pursued alongside litigation whereby agreement is sought in a non-adversarial environment. There are a number of variations of ADR including: mediation, where the neutral mediator is free to manage the process; expert appraisal to assist negotiations; non-binding adjudication on the technical merits; and establishing an executive tribunal involving a neutral chairman and representatives of each disputant.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.


alternative dispute resolution
n.
Methods for settling disputes without recourse to litigation, including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


alternative dispute resolution
(ADR) a relatively new area of activity by which disputes are resolved other than by the ordinary courts. arbitration is a form of ADR, but it is only one of many. Most examples have their own procedures and rules, and usually the parties will have to agree to abide by the decision. conciliation and mediation are the newer forms and are already employed in everything from construction disputes to family law problems.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


alternative dispute resolution
(ADR)
A catchall term that describes a variety of methods that parties can use to resolve disputes outside of court, including negotiation, conciliation, mediation, collaborative practice, and the many types of arbitration. The common denominator of all ADR methods is that they are faster, less formalistic, less expensive, and often less adversarial than a court trial.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

alternative dispute resolution
(ADR)
There is no one accepted definition of ADR. To some, particularly in the US, the term includes all dispute resolution methods other than the court; it therefore includes arbitration. In the UK, ADR is generally understood to describe all dispute resolution methods other than the court and arbitration or just non-adjudicative dispute resolution methods such as mediation, executive tribunal (in essence a more formal type of mediation, known in the US as "mini-trial") and early neutral evaluation.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


alternative dispute resolution
n. Formal methods of settling disputes other than by court action, collectively referred to as alternative dispute resolution or ADR.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


alternative dispute resolution
Procedures for settling disputes by means other than litigation; e.g., by arbitration, mediation, or minitrials. Such procedures, which are usually less costly and more expeditious than litigation, are increasingly being used in commercial and labor disputes, divorce actions, in resolving motor vehicle and medical malpractice tort claims, and in other disputes that would likely otherwise involve court litigation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


alternative dispute resolution
I
Procedures for settling disputes by means other than litigation; e.g., by arbitration, mediation, or minitrials. Such procedures, which are usually less costly and more expeditious than litigation, are increasingly being used in commercial and labor disputes, divorce actions, in resolving motor vehicle and medical malpractice tort claims, and in other disputes that would likely otherwise involve court litigation.
II Settling a dispute without a full, formal trial. Methods include mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and settlement, among others.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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