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
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.
The Washington Post eliminated its ombudsman in 2013.
Whether these critics will have as much impact as as an independent ombudsman who has been empowered to hound reporters and editors remains to be seen.
Northern Virginia long-term care ombudsman Call 703-324-5861 for help with complaints related to long-term-care facilities.
An ombudsman’s report last year alleged the family had offered bribes to government officials, influenced Cabinet appointments and gained massive government contracts.
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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: 1959
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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