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ombudsman

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noun om·buds·man \ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-mən, ˈȯm-, -bədz-, -ˌman; äm-ˈbu̇dz-, ȯm-\

Simple Definition of ombudsman

  • : a person (such as a government official or an employee) who investigates complaints and tries to deal with problems fairly

Full Definition of ombudsman

plural om·buds·menplay \-mən\

  1. 1 :  a government official (as in Sweden or New Zealand) appointed to receive and investigate complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials

  2. 2 :  one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints

om·buds·man·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of ombudsman

  1. The insurance company's ombudsman was able to resolve the problem.

  2. The town's ombudsman said he would look into charges of corruption.



Origin of ombudsman

Swedish, literally, representative, from Old Norse umbothsmathr, from umboth commission + mathr man


First Known Use: 1959



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