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[oh-ver-sahyt] /ˈoʊ vərˌsaɪt/
an omission or error due to carelessness:
My bank statement is full of oversights.
unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention:
Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned.
supervision; watchful care:
a person responsible for the oversight of the organization.
Origin of oversight
1300-50; Middle English; see over-, sight
Can be confused
overlook, oversee, oversight.
1, 2. mistake, blunder, slip. 2. lapse, neglect, inattention. 3. management, direction, control; surveillance. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oversight
  • Evidently, nobody took any of this into account-an oversight that amounts to a big failure of leadership.
  • It strongly suggests a past failure of political oversight.
  • Federal dollars should come with enough oversight to ensure that home schooled students are actually learning something.
  • Maintain general administrative oversight of the projects.
  • The oversight board remains leaderless, though it has held its first meeting.
  • University tightens oversight of sensitive research.
  • The signature price tag came a couple of years later, the result of a fortuitous oversight.
  • It can be easy to forget that oversight has two meanings.
  • But when senators are prepared, then they can exercise their oversight without listening to a long presentation.
  • As work on the dam proceeds, opponents say construction quality has been compromised by corruption and lack of oversight.
British Dictionary definitions for oversight


an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
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Word Origin and History for oversight

"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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