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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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  • I'll leave behind a record unblemished by oversight or sloth.

  • But those who judge thus are guilty of a most remarkable act of oversight.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
  • Her father came to the door of his room, vast and bulging in his shirt and trousers, outraged by the oversight.

    Rough-Hewn Dorothy Canfield
  • By any thinking man the effect of this oversight will be instantly perceived.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Meanwhile I must persuade some one to give her shelter and oversight.

    A Little Girl in Old St. Louis Amanda Minnie Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for oversight


an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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