Define: Whistleblower

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Definition: Whistleblower


Quick Summary of Whistleblower


A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organisation that is either private or public.



What is the dictionary definition of Whistleblower?

Dictionary Definition


A Whistleblower is a person (typically an employee) who reveals evidence of wrongdoing or malpractice within a company or organisation.

Within the UK, this practice is officially termed – making a disclosure to the public interest.

A disclosure may be made to various parties; including an authorised person within the company; an authority outside the company; or in some instances the media.

Employees have legal protection (in most but not all jurisdictions) from dismissal coming about as a direct result of whistle-blowing; particularly in instances where the company’s actions endangers others, harms the environment or breaks the law.


Full Definition of Whistleblower




Examples of Whistleblower in a sentence


The whistleblower was fired for exposing poor working conditions in hospitals across the country.



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Definition Sources


Definitions for Whistleblower are sourced/syndicated from:

  • Oxford Dictionary Of Economics
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 29th January 2019.