Definition of ombudsman in English:


Line breaks: om¦buds|man
Pronunciation: /ˈɒmbʊdzmən

noun (plural ombudsmen)

  • 1An official appointed to investigate individuals' complaints against a company or organization, especially a public authority.
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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.
  • 1.1 (the Ombudsman) British informal term for Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration.
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    • He wrote to the Yacht Club, the Nelson City Council, the Ombudsman, the Minister for Local Government, the Prime Minister.
    • 3.7.12 prevents a Councillor from voting on any question relating to an Ombudsman's Report in which he has been named and criticised.
    • An Attorney-General representative denied this, pointing to safeguards in the legislation such as reporting to Parliament and oversight by an Ombudsman, The Age reports.


1950s: from Swedish, 'legal representative'.

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