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 (ŏm′bŭdz′mən, -bədz-, -bo͝odz′-)
1. A man who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties such as consumers or students and an institution or organization.
2. A government official, especially in Scandinavian countries, who investigates citizens' complaints against the government or its functionaries.

[Swedish, from Old Norse umbodhsmadhr, deputy, plenipotentiary : umbodh, commission (um, about, around, all over; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + bodh, command; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots) + madhr, man; see man- in Indo-European roots.]

om′buds′man·ship′ n.
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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the position or function of an ombudsman
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The theme of the conference was Challenges of Ombudsmanship. The conference of Asian Ombudsman Association, attended by 62 delegates from 17-member countries, was inaugurated by President Mamnoon Hussain while Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali graced the concluding session.
Since its inception the Forum has been holding regular meetings and conferences to promote its objectives aimed at developing the concept of Ombudsmanship in Asia, inculcation of professionalism in discharge of responsibilities, encouraging and supporting studies and research in relevant fields including training and educational programmes for the member countries.