noun om·buds·man \ˈäm-ˌbdz-mən, ˈm-, -bədz-, -ˌman; äm-ˈbdz-, m-\

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

plural om·buds·men\-mən\

Full Definition of OMBUDSMAN

:  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
:  one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints
om·buds·man·ship \-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.


Swedish, literally, representative, from Old Norse umbothsmathr, from umboth commission + mathr man
First Known Use: 1959

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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