Ombudsman Definition

ŏmbŭdzmən, -bədz-, -bo͝odz-
ombudsmen
noun
A man who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties such as consumers or students and an institution or organization.
American Heritage
A public official appointed to investigate citizens' complaints against government agencies or officials that may be infringing on the rights of individuals.
Webster's New World
A person employed by an institution to investigate and attempt to mediate and resolve complaints against it.
Webster's New World

A designated internal mediator in an organization whose duty is to assist members with conflict resolution and other problems and to serve as independent consultant to recommend changes to policies or procedures to improve organization effectiveness, efficiency, and humaneness.

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Other Word Forms of Ombudsman

Noun

Singular:
ombudsman
Plural:
ombudsmen

Origin of Ombudsman

  • Swedish from Old Norse umbodhsmadhr deputy, plenipotentiary umbodh commission (um about, around, all over ambhi in Indo-European roots) (bodh command bheudh- in Indo-European roots) madhr man man-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Swedish ombudsman, from Old Norse umboðsmaðr.

    From Wiktionary

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