CAHSEE ELA 2.3 Word Analysis

Reading: Word Analysis, Problem 3. What is the meaning of the word mediate?

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No... that's meat he ate.

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Let's break up the word to get the answer.

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MEDI -- kinda sounds like medium... or maybe a derivative of middle?

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Technically, it comes from the Latin "medius"...

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So... take a leap and we can think about putting something in the middle.

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If you mediate, you take a position in the middle... and try to get each angry party's

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perspective to make them happy.

00:52

Well, as happy as you can. D is the opposite of mediate and will result

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in nothing but more arguing. Which could actually be what your bizarro friends want.

01:01

You do A and C -- so neither one is an awful answer here...

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But we want the BEST answer... and that's B -- mediate means to help bring about agreement.

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Which means more peace and quiet for everyone involved.