settle a dispute

See: mediate
References in classic literature ?
I should like you to settle a dispute that has long been a bother to me, as to whether there is more water or land in the world.
repeated Prince Vasili, who pretended to want to know this in order to settle a dispute.
I have come, old man, into these districts because I found the law sitting too tight upon me, and am not over fond of neighbours who can't settle a dispute without troubling a justice and twelve men; but I didn't come to be robb'd of my plunder, and then to say thank'ee to the man who did it
The client had asked the firm to settle a dispute involving a disgruntled employee who had accused a senior manager of taking kickbacks from a vendor.
At the other end of the dispute resolution spectrum is negotiation, the process in which the parties directly discuss their differences to settle a dispute or manage conflict.
The term DR describes any process designed to settle a dispute without litigation.