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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whistle blower, whistle-blower, whistleblowernoun

    an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it

    "the law gives little protection to whistleblowers who feel the public has a right to know what is going on"; "the whistleblower was fired for exposing the conditions in mental hospitals"


  1. Whistleblower

    A whistleblower (also written as whistle-blower or whistle blower) is a person, often an employee, who reveals information about activity within a private or public organization that is deemed illegal, immoral, illicit, unsafe or fraudulent. Whistleblowers can use a variety of internal or external channels to communicate information or allegations. Over 83% of whistleblowers report internally to a supervisor, human resources, compliance, or a neutral third party within the company, hoping that the company will address and correct the issues. A whistleblower can also bring allegations to light by communicating with external entities, such as the media, government, or law enforcement. Whistleblowing can occur in either the private sector or the public sector. Retaliation is a real risk for whistleblowers, who often pay a heavy price for blowing the whistle. The most common form of retaliation is abrupt termination of employment. However, several other actions may also be considered retaliatory, including extreme increases in workloads, having hours cut drastically, preventing task completion, or bullying. Laws in many countries attempt to protect whistleblowers and to regulate the whistleblowing activities. These laws tend to adopt different approaches to public and private sector whistleblowing. Whistleblowers do not always achieve their aims. For their claims to be credible and successful, they must have compelling evidence to support their claims that the government or regulating body can use or investigate to "prove" such claims and hold corrupt companies and/or government agencies to account.


  1. whistleblower

    A whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization or institution. This exposure is typically made to someone in a position of authority or the public, and can relate to misconduct, corruption, fraud, health violations, and other wrongdoings. Some whistleblowers are protected by laws from being punished or mistreated for disclosing such information.


  1. Whistleblower

    A whistleblower is a person who tells the public or someone in authority about alleged dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government department or private company or organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health and safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally or externally. One of the first laws that protected whistleblowers was the 1863 United States False Claims Act, which tried to combat fraud by suppliers of the United States government during the Civil War. The act encourages whistleblowers by promising them a percentage of the money recovered or damages won by the government and protects them from wrongful dismissal. Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistleblower in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whistleblower in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of whistleblower in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    You just gave me a report about a( intelligence community) whistleblower complaint, none of which I've seen.

  2. Seth Fischer:

    The Toshiba scandal further underlines the need for board training as well as a robust whistleblower protection system.

  3. Nancy Pelosi:

    Reports of a reliable whistleblower complaint regarding the president's communications with a foreign leader raise grave, urgent concerns for our national security, if the president has done what has been alleged, then he is stepping into a dangerous minefield with serious repercussions for his administration and our democracy.

  4. Lindsey Graham:

    It's all hearsay, you can't get a parking ticket conviction based on hearsay. The whistleblower didn't hear the phone call.

  5. Jon Goldfarb:

    The evidence of abuse would have been buried with Tony Mitchell but for the bravery of a lone corrections officer who made a video of what really happened to Tony and shared one of them. And, they fired her for exposing the truth of this abuse, there needs to be a federal statute requiring bystanders to report inmate abuse and providing statutory whistleblower protection to those who do. I sent a letter to the jail before we filed this case telling them to preserve all of their electronic recordings – if they have destroyed them then I can only imagine the horrors they have hidden.

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