The ADR evolution has progressed in recent decades to the point where the letters ‘ADR’ have acquired a generic significance. In the early days the letters emerged as an acronym for alternative dispute resolution. Concerns have been expressed that this not only cloaks a looseness of meaning but that it can be positively misleading.
"ADR — a generic, holistic concept,"
ADR Bulletin: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/adr/vol5/iss2/7