Definition of ombudsman
ombudsmenplay \ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-mən, ˈȯm-, -bədz-; äm-ˈbu̇dz-, ȯm-\
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 The town's ombudsman said he would look into charges of corruption.
2 : one that investigates, reports on, and helps settle complaints An ombudsman will deal with complaints from the hospital's patients and staff.
ombudsmanshipplay \ˈäm-ˌbu̇dz-mən-ˌship, ˈȯm-, -bədz-, -ˌman-; äm-ˈbu̇dz-, ȯm-\ noun
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Examples of ombudsman in a Sentence
The insurance company's ombudsman was able to resolve the problem.
The town's ombudsman said he would look into charges of corruption.
Recent Examples of ombudsman from the Web
The ombudsman is empowered to take legal action to force firms to comply with workplace laws and pay employees minimum wage and retirement benefits.
The Supreme Court, a strong ally of Maduro, issued a decree stripping the attorney general of some powers and transferring them to the nation's ombudsman, the top human rights official who currently supports Maduro.
Beverley Laubert, the long-term care ombudsman for Ohio, said staffing is a major issue that families of nursing home residents criticize.
Drivers who have complaints will be able to contact an ombudsman, a position the city was required to create by the 2014 law, rather than having to go straight to court.
Martirano did not cite the ombudsman review, but said issues with information requests can undermine public confidence.
But the matter is not finished, Pedersen told some neighbors in a message on Friday that says House Speaker Frank Chopp has joined him in talks with a WSDOT ombudsman.
Ortega has a seat on the Republican Moral Council, the main body of the Citizen Branch, one of the five branches of government in Venezuela, along with the comptroller general, and the ombudsman, a man named Tarek William Saab.
There are currently competing reform proposals prepared by former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin and the Kremlin’s business ombudsmen, Boris Titov, vying for Putin’s blessing.
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Did You Know?
Ombudsman was borrowed from Swedish, where it means "representative," and ultimately derives from the Old Norse words umboth ("commission") and mathr ("man"). In the early 1800s, Sweden became the first country to appoint an independent official known as an ombudsman to investigate complaints against government officials and agencies. Since then, other countries (such as Finland, Denmark, and New Zealand), as well as some U.S. states, have appointed similar officials. The word ombudsman was first used in English in the late 1950s; by the 1960s, it was also being used to refer to a person who reviews complaints against an organization (such as a school or hospital) or to someone who enforces standards of journalistic ethics at a newspaper.
Origin and Etymology of ombudsman
Swedish, literally, representative, from Old Norse umbothsmathr, from umboth commission + mathr man
First Known Use: 1959See Words from the same year
OMBUDSMAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ombudsman for English Language Learners
: a person (such as a government official or an employee) who investigates complaints and tries to deal with problems fairly
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