• WordNet 3.6
    • n intervention care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
    • n intervention (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings "the purpose of intervention is to prevent unnecessary duplication of lawsuits"
    • n intervention the act or fact of interposing one thing between or among others
    • n intervention the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.) "it occurs without human intervention"
    • n intervention a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.
    • Intervention Any interference that may affect the interests of others; especially, of one or more states with the affairs of another; -- the intervention of one state in the affairs of another is typically unwelcome by the state being intervened in, but some cases of mediation between states may be called intervention. Opposed to nonintervention. "Let us decide our quarrels at home, without the intervention , of any foreign power."
    • Intervention (Civil Law) The act by which a third person, to protect his own interest, interposes and becomes a party to a suit pending between other parties.
    • Intervention The act of intervening; interposition. "Sound is shut out by the intervention of that lax membrane."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intervention The act or state of intervening; a coming between; interposition; mediatorial interference: as, light is interrupted by the intervention of an opaque body; the intervention of one state in the affairs of another.
    • n intervention In law, the act by which a third person interposes and becomes a party to a suit pending between other parties. Synonyms Interference, Mediation, etc. See interposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Intervention intervening: interference: mediation: interposition
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  • Albert Einstein
    “But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. interventio, an interposition: cf. F. intervention,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inter, between, venīre, to come.


In literature:

But it must not be inferred from this that the intervention of Mr. Wells, viewed as a whole, was of this character.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
Intervention upon humanitarian grounds has been frequently suggested and has not failed to receive my most anxious and earnest consideration.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by William McKinley
France, which was meditating quite another sort of intervention, refused the loan even of a general.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
The murder of a few Frenchmen and Milanese now gave him an excuse for intervention.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Very slowly the problem developed, with everyone exclaiming that foreign intervention was becoming inevitable.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
He listened almost without interruption while she gave him a precise account of Davenant's intervention in her father's troubles.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
Ecclesiastical intervention was not necessary to complete his ruin.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
The cases in which such intervention has been most potent have been of two classes.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
The result was the freeing of Cuba by the intervention of the United States.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
Had the Senator from Illinois not urged the intervention of Congress to prevent polygamy in Utah?
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson

In poetry:

God save thee, Garibaldi! for the hour
That soon will strike the knell of Papal power
And Gallic intervention; and a home
For truth and liberty be found in Rome.
"Medley of Thoughts And Feelings On The Italian Crisis" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

NATO's blind spot on intervention in Syria.
Intervention starts in middle school with special counselors.
It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient's authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.
Kansas' adult stores and strip clubs were ready to take down their roadside signs this week, but thanks to a federal judge's intervention, they can keep their ads up for a little while longer, at least.
Mideast Unrest Intensifies Debate on US Intervention in Syria.
Many people are calling for military intervention to stop the bloodshed in Syria.
Syrian intervention is justifiable , and just.
Chelsea Millard, left, a tutor at Focused Intervention, helps Tamia Bryant with her math skills assignment during summer camp at the center on Royall Avenue.
I am writing this column from the floor of the Las Vegas airport, where on my company-sponsored, working vacation, I have just gone through an Incident in the women's restroom requiring the intervention of law enforcement personnel.
Supreme Court intervention looks likely.
Urbana-based conceptual artist Sarah Ross explores the possibilities of artistic and social intervention offered by laziness with her recent installation piece of "contestational furniture," InAction.
Behavioral interventions that help a child reach daily and weekly goals.
New data presented at Japanese Association of Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics (CVIT) meeting.
Four years after riots, and foreign military intervention, another vote.
Russian Church Is a Strong Voice Opposing Intervention in Syria.

In science:

Mental intervention has, according to the quantum-physics-based theory described here, several distinctive characteristics.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The first is that no intervention in the geometrical structure or interpretation of the left-hand side of equation (7) has been made.
Generalized phantom energy
After running completely unattended from January 2002 through May 2003, neat to was slightly adapted to the slightly different file format of the new QUESTII detector system and has been run ning without any need for intervention since.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The hallmark of the continuous band is that neither its presence nor its shape depends on the type of intervention and the properties of the system - its presence is set only on whether the coherence takes place or not.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
This should be accomplished in an autonomous fashion, i.e., without any external filteri ng or intervention.
Threshold-Controlled Global Cascading in Wireless Sensor Networks