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oversight

[oh-ver-sahyt] /ˈoʊ vərˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
an omission or error due to carelessness:
My bank statement is full of oversights.
2.
unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention:
Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned.
3.
supervision; watchful care:
a person responsible for the oversight of the organization.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see over-, sight
Can be confused
overlook, oversee, oversight.
Synonyms
1, 2. mistake, blunder, slip. 2. lapse, neglect, inattention. 3. management, direction, control; surveillance.
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British Dictionary definitions for over sight

oversight

/ˈəʊvəˌsaɪt/
noun
1.
an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
2.
supervision
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Word Origin and History for over sight

oversight

n.

"supervision," early 14c., from over- + sight. Meaning "omission of notice, fact of passing over without seeing" attested from late 15c.; cf. oversee.

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