Definition of ombudsman in English:


Syllabification: om·buds·man
Pronunciation: /ˈämbədzmən, -ˌbo͝odz-

noun (plural ombudsmen)

  • An official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against maladministration, especially that of public authorities.
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    • These failures in human communication feature in many of the complaints investigated by the ombudsman's office.
    • To tackle the issue, Wang requested that the city government recruited more consumer ombudsmen to investigate such cases, noting that Taipei has only one consumer ombudsman, while Taipei County has three.
    • Last year, the number of complaints to the pensions ombudsman increased by a third.


1950s: from Swedish, 'legal representative'.

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