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Meaning of ombudsman

om•buds•man

Pronunciation: (om'budz-mun, -man", -boodz-, ôm'-, om-boodz'mun, -man", ôm-), [key]
— pl. -men
  1. a government official who hears and investigates complaints by private citizens against other officials or government agencies.
  2. a person who investigates and attempts to resolve complaints and problems, as between employees and an employer or between students and a university.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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