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ombudsperson
American English: /ˈɑmbədzpərsən/
British English: /ˈɒmbədsˌpəːs(ə)n/

noun plural ombudspersons

  • (especially American English) ombudsman
    Example sentences
    • A past-president and longtime member recently suggested to me that the association needs an official ombudsperson to ensure that member complaints have the hearing they should.
    • The ombudspersons would report directly to the president, but the office would be ‘outside the usual administrative structure’ of the university, according to the proposal.
    • The referendum appeals committee - an impartial group led by the ombudsperson - invalidates the referendum because the question was modified during the voting process.

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