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oversight

noun over·sight \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt\

: a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something

: the act or job of directing work that is being done

Full Definition of OVERSIGHT

1
a :  watchful and responsible care
b :  regulatory supervision <congressional oversight>
2
:  an inadvertent omission or error
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Examples of OVERSIGHT

  1. The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight.
  2. The error was a simple oversight.
  3. The new manager was given oversight of the project.

First Known Use of OVERSIGHT

15th century

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OVERSIGHT Defined for Kids

oversight

noun over·sight \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt\

Definition of OVERSIGHT for Kids

1
:  the act or duty of overseeing :  watchful care <He was assigned oversight of the project.>
2
:  an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste <It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.>

Headscratcher for OVERSIGHT

What do watchful care and careless error have in common? Though they are opposites they are both meanings of oversight.

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